1960s

Average Cost of Book $7.99 (1969)

MARC Records Begin (1968)

In 1968, the Library of Congress began MARC Records, which are machine readable cataloging.

500,000 Volume Added (1966)

The 500,000 volume, Hippocrates Opuscula, 1485

Building Named (1965)

The main library building was named for Ralph Brown Draughon.

Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor (1964)

In 1964, the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor was established in the library.

Building Opens (1963)

The main library building opened on January 3rd, 1963.

Department of Archives Established (1963)

The Department of Archives was established in April of 1963.

Building Dedicated (1963)

The library building was dedicated on November 5th, 1963. The original equipment and furnishings cost $2,600,000.00.

Groundbreaking Ceremony (1960)

The groundbreaking cermeony for the construction of RBD was held on December 21st, 1960.