Today marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of Anschutz Library. October 7, 1989, the day of dedication, served as an opportunity to celebrate both the opening of the building and the individuals who made it possible.
The naming rights for the state-of-the-art facility were given to a Colorado businessman and philanthropist Philip F. Anschutz (’61) and his wife Nancy, whose $6.5 million donation in honor of his parents established the Marian and Fred Anschutz Endowed Library Fund.
Since then, Anschutz Library has continued on as a transformative and ever-expanding facility. The library now houses The Learning Studio, which welcomes more than 750,000 visits each year, making up nearly half of the libraries' 1.7 million total annual gate count. Study spaces are equipped with cutting-edge technology to assure students are effectively navigating this digital era.
“With its blend of technology, comfort and flexibility, the Learning Studio is built to help students excel at KU, enhancing the Chancellor’s goals of student recruitment, engagement and retention,” said Lorraine J. Haricombe, dean of KU Libraries. Spaces like the David Beaham Reading Room, and other donor supported study areas, help to shape The Learning Studio into a study environment conducive to students’ studying needs.
The goals and orientation of the building remain true to Chancellor Gene A. Budig’s words back in 1989, when he remarked that Anschutz Library, “must grow and change, reflecting the changes which take place as our knowledge and understanding expand.”
On this dedication day, October 7, KU Libraries continues the celebration and we remain committed to KU's academic goals as we help shape the landscape in higher education for students, staff and faculty.