I am pleased to share that construction began on the new Union University library on July 1, 2014. Even before beginning my first official day as Union’s 16th president, I knew building the library would be a leading priority of my early service.
The Latimer Foundation, our visionary lead donor, has committed half of the total cost (up to $11.5 million) toward this exciting building project. Approximately 700 other individuals and families have joined the giving effort. Many of these donors have been faithfully contributing each month on a regular basis. In addition, nearly 500 students have expressed their enthusiasm for the new library through their participation in the student iGave campus campaign.
Such widespread support has affirmed our belief that building the library is an important step in continuing to advance the mission of Union. Please be assured, we will soon open the doors of the new Union University library!
This venture has both practical and symbolic significance. Quite simply, the current library has long needed additional space for our growing collection and for individual and group study. Providing that space has created the opportunity to thoughtfully consider how we want to encourage scholarship, implement technology, and foster community among our learning community. We have designed a 21st century library that will stand as the focal point of the Union campus and impact virtually every Union student for years to come.
We are encouraged by progress in both fundraising and construction, but the work is not finished, and we need your help. This site provides detailed information about where we are as well as our plans moving forward. I hope you will take a few moments to read its contents and prayerfully consider being a partner in opening the doors of the Union library!
With gratitude and unfailing hope,
Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, Ph.D.
President, Union University