History of Texas A&M University – Central Texas Library
American Technological University was chartered by the State of Texas in April 1973 and began operation that fall with 260 students. The university was founded by the Central Texas Education Foundation and had a cooperative agreement with Central Texas College (CTC). The university and the college libraries held their combined collections in the Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library until July 1, 2012.
The ATU Librarian was initially a part of the college library staff. Carol Taylor was employed in 1975 and was followed by Beth Zeiss (nee Foley) in 1978 – September 1982. Following various institutional organizational changes, the position title became University Librarian. Melinda Guthrie accepted the position in October 1982. She retired on August 31, 2009 as Director of Library Services.
University of Central Texas became the new, state-chartered name in 1989. In August 1999, the private university transformed itself into Tarleton State University System Center, a part of Tarleton State University and the A&M University System. The university library in Killeen became one of the divisions of the Tarleton University Libraries, but remained in the Hobby Memorial Library building under a rental and cooperative service agreement. Guthrie, the University Librarian, became a Division Head within the University Libraries.
On May 27, 2009, Texas A&M University–Central Texas (TAMUCT) became one of the newest universities in the Texas A&M University System. Though TAMUCT continued to share services with CTC at the Hobby Memorial Library, a plan to separate was created. Mark Harris became Director on September 1, 2009, helping to facilitate this process.
A library presence was established at the TAMUCT Fairway Building in January 2010, when limited reference hours were offered for the first time. The Technical Services Department was relocated to Fairway Building in May 2010, and by the end of the year, the library had several collections in both open and closed stacks. A Library Extension, with expanded hours and circulation, opened on September 1, 2010, providing patrons with library services at both Fairway Building and Hobby Memorial Library for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.
A new Library Extension at Founder's Hall, the inaugural building on the new TAMUCT Building, opened on June 4, 2012. Located on the 4th floor in room 416, this extension is the first library presence at the permanent home of the University.
Shortly after the opening of the new building, the remainder of TAMUCT's material was moved out of the Hobby Memorial Library on June 22, 23, and 24, 2012. This included about 35,000 books, which moved to the Lending Library at Fairway Building. On July 1, 2012, TAMUCT employees were no longer obligated to staff the Hobby Memorial Library.
On August 27, 2012, TAMUCT Libraries opened the Lending Library, housed in the former middle school gym at Fairway Building. The Fairway Building Library Extension was renamed the Reference Library, and became the central service area for TAMUCT libraries. The Library's new catalog, WarriorCat, also debuted in Fall 2012.
Construction has already started for the second building on the new campus, which will contain a 27,000 square foot library. The library is slated to move into this building in 2014.