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NEW: History of the John Peace Library
Nov 02, 2012
By Stephanie Sanchez, Communications Specialist
Libraries are often known as the intellectual hearts of a university campus - the University of Texas at San Antonio's John Peace Library is no different.
Opening its doors to students on June 2, 1976, the JPL was a place where students could find resources for class assignments by using microfilms to comb through newspaper and journal achieves, books and other materials. It also was a place to study.
At the time the building was completed, it was the largest building at 225,891 square feet on campus. It housed 350,000 volumes — 200,000 of them on microfilm — and had study space available to accommodate about 1,300 students.
“I said that what I wanted to do was take four football fields and stack them on top of each other," said Arleigh B. Templeton, former UTSA President. "And this one here (at UTSA) was a prize jewel.”