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.


2010s

Students working in Learning Commons

2000s

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

1990s

Students sitting at tables in cafe

1980s

Students working at computer terminals

1970s

The Great Bible, 1566, opened

1960s

Construction of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, exterior view

1950s

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

1940s

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

1930s

Mary Martin Hall, Library, exterior view, 1939

1920s

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

1910s

Librarian Mary Martin retrieving materials from a shelf

1900s

Card Catalog with several open card-filled drawers

1800s

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