Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library

Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library

Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library supports teaching and research needs in humanities, social sciences, and government information as the campus' main library and is among the premier research libraries in Alabama providing the latest technology-driven services and unparalleled print and online research collections.

The campus' main library houses materials in various formats to support research and study in the humanities and social sciences as well as the largest collection of United States government documents in the state of Alabama.

Located on the first floor, the Gorgas Library Learning Commons provides students with computers equipped with the latest productivity and academic software used in classrooms and laboratories. The area provides space for students to study together for group projects or individually. Also located on the first floor is the Digital Humanities Center, a hi-tech environment for faculty and graduate students, the Information Desk, the Music Library, and a coffee shop.

The Circulation Desk, Gorgas 205 (a large meeting room for University events), the Pearce Foyer (exhibition space), group study spaces, and the Sanford Media Center, a leading-edge facility for digital media production for students, are all located on the second floor. Housed on the third floor is the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, an exceptionally rich collection of history including books, photographs, maps, manuscripts and signed presidential documents. The collection contains one-of-a-kind items and focuses on the history and culture of the South. The fifth floor houses the School of Library and Information Studies including the Book Arts program.

Additional public computers are located on the second and third floors all with academic software. Other exhibit spaces are located on the first, second and third floors. The University of Alabama Writing Center and the Center for Academic Success have satellite locations in Gorgas. Seating capacity for Gorgas Library is 1300.

Gorgas Library is open longer than any other computer lab or research facility on campus and library hours can be found by accessing the UA Libraries schedule.

Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library was built in 1939 and is located on the site of the first library on campus. The first university library, known as the Rotunda, was destroyed during the Civil War and its ruins can be found underneath the semi-circular plaza in front of the building. The current building, constructed in 1939, is named for the University's postmistress and librarian Amelia Gayle Gorgas (1826-1913) who was the wife of Confederate General Josiah Gorgas (1818-1883), the University's 8th president and librarian.


Historical Images

Courtesy of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library unless otherwise noted.

Information collected from The University of Alabama : a guide to the campus by Robert Oliver Mellown (Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1988), The University of Alabama, a pictorial history by Suzanne Rau Wolfe (University : University of Alabama Press, c1983), and the Gorgas Library Web site. Historical images are courtesy of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama and are reproduced with permission.