Library Celebrates Centennial

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library will celebrate its centennial with a 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

The centennial celebration of the first library of the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School will include the inauguration of Ingram Library's Penelope Melson Society and the library’s Second Century Collection.

Penelope Stevens Melson, wife of the A&M principal, John. H. Melson, became the school’s librarian after conducting a book shower with community residents and collecting 325 volumes of books and bound volumes of magazines. She placed the collection on a single shelf in a linen closet in a dormitory.

The 40th  anniversary of the present building will also be observed in anticipation of the approved expansion and renovation of the library. A library renovation and expansion plan approved by the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents includes the installation of the office of former Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy and more exhibit space for public viewing and Special Collections. The plan also calls for the relocation of The Center for Public History from Pafford Hall to the library as part of the future expansion.

Dr. Lorene Flanders, professor and director of University Libraries, said the growth of the library will serve the community as well as the campus. “This will provide graduate students opportunities to work in the library’s archives and with exhibit and program development of the Murphy office installation and other exhibits in Special Collections,” said Flanders. “It will also provide additional opportunities for community residents to visit the Ingram Library and benefit from the many educational resources we have available here.”

Located centrally on the UWG campus, the library provides a range of services to students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the West Georgia community.  In addition to books, scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, the library collection contains audio and video recordings, maps and United States government documents.

The library also provides access to hundreds of online databases, including indexing resources, online historical materials, newspapers and online academic journals. These resources are accessible to students, faculty, and staff within the library and throughout the campus, as well as off campus through password access.

Members of the community may apply for a Guest Borrowers Card at the circulation desk.  Initially, guest borrowers may have up to three items checked out at one time, increasing to seven items after six months. Loan periods vary from seven to 28 days depending on the item.

Access to online resources is available within the library to community users. Members of the public have password access to collections available through GALILEO, Georgia’s online library, through their public libraries.

The Ingram Library is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 10p.m. Hours are extended the weeks before and during exams.

Parking is available in the visitor lot located directly across from the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts on West Georgia Drive.  For a map of guest parking, visit

For more information, call the circulation desk at 678-839-6502.