Since its dedication in 1966, R.M. Cooper Library has served the students, faculty, staff and community of Clemson University by providing access to the materials, spaces and resources needed for research and collaborative learning. The needs of the past have been largely print-based, and the structure of the Cooper Library building is conducive to this focus—a large amount of space has been devoted to housing print periodicals, monographs and other resources on tall shelving units throughout the building’s six floors. However, as research is quickly finding a new home online and through electronic media, the need for this print-centered structure has become antiquated. A new focus has emerged, one that encourages collaborative learning between students and faculty members, and one that shifts its gaze from print to digital.
The Library of the future must look very different than the library of fifty years ago, but the importance of the library as place, as more than just information provider, remains evident on Clemson’s campus. With an annual gate count of over one million patrons, the Library is one of the most sought-after spaces for academic activity across the University, and it is essential that this vital hub remain relevant in our rapidly changing world.
We need your help to give our library a facelift that will establish it as a center of next-generation learning, collaboration and innovation. A donation to one of the spaces in the renovated Cooper Library will allow you to leave your mark on one of Clemson’s most cherished institutions, a building that connects us to our past and forges a path to our future.
For information about our naming opportunities, please contact Donna Dant, Director of Development.