Ralph Brown Draughon Library 50th Anniversary

Welcome to the Ralph Brown Draughon 50th Anniversary site. This site details the history of the Auburn University Libraries. Click on a time period below to learn more.

About The Libraries

The combined collections of the Auburn University Libraries contain over 3 million volumes as well as 2.6 million government documents, 2.5 million microforms, and over 148,000 maps. The Libraries receive over 35,000 current periodicals, many which are available online.

The library also provides access to over 227 electronic databases and has over 10 million archival and manuscript items.

The Ralph Brown Draughon Library is named in honor of Dr. Ralph Brown Draughon, president of Auburn University from 1947 to 1965, and a moving force behind the construction of the original portion of the Library. With the completion of a 207,000 square foot addition in 1991, the Library has a seating capacity of 2,500 designed to serve the study, teaching, and research needs of Auburn students, faculty, and staff.


2010s

2010 - The Learning Commons is Dedicated

2000s

2009 - The Caribou Coffee Shop Opens

1990s

1999 - Stacks Cafe Opens

1980s

The first OPAC terminals were installed during Thanksgiving 1984

1970s

1999 - Stacks Cafe Opens

1960s

Library Gets New Building

1950s

Library Gets New Building

1940s

Mary Martin Hall

1930s

Library, 1939

1920s

Studying at the Library

1910s

Miss Mary Martin

1900s

1906 - Card Catalog Established

1800s

Studying at Samford Hall