This Is Auburn Auburn University Libraries Ralph Brown Draughon Library 50th Anniversary

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.


Students working in Learning Commons


Former Dean of Libraries Bonnie MacEwan and another patron stand at counter, talking to man behind counter, in Caribou Coffee Shop


Students sitting at tables in cafe


Students working at computer terminals


The Great Bible, 1566, opened


Construction of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, exterior view


2 men standing in front of sign announcing the construction of Ralph Brown Draughon Library


Mary Martin Hall, interior view, showing man looking over cards in open drawer of card catalog


Mary Martin Hall, Library, exterior view, 1939


2 API cadets seated studying at a table in front of bookshelves


Librarian Mary Martin retrieving materials from a shelf


Card Catalog with several open card-filled drawers


API cadets studying at tables in front of bookcases in Samford Hall
Last updated: 02/28/2019