A&M, UT open joint library facility in College Station

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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 4:26pm

It's a sight you normally don't see unless it's game day but Friday the orange and white and maroon and white came together not because of a sports rivalry but for a much friendlier reason.

"The two largest systems in the state are at work with an operation of maximum efficiency, maximum collaboration," said Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director of UT Libraries. "I think it's hugely symbolic and exciting."

Texas A&M University and the University of Texas have partnered together to create a venture unlike any other, the Texas A&M/UT Joint Library Facility located in College Station.

"The potential here is just wonderful and what this represents is the start of something new," said Interim Associate Dean for Administrative and Faculty Services of the A&M University Libraries.

The 18,000 square foot, $6.3 million dollar facility will be able to hold more than a million books enabling both systems to stream line collections and share copies in the most efficient way both in terms of cost and space.

"When it comes to education and doing the best we can for the state, it really is the right thing to do to be working together and that's what really is important," Mosley said.

Putting aside their rivalries for the betterment of education.

 

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