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June 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1964 Construction of Cooper Library (Part I)

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Today’s photos are from 1964 and show the construction of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.

In 1959 the Clemson Board of Trustees decided that Clemson University needed a new library to replace the old library located in the former Agricultural Hall.

Groundbreaking took place in August 1964, and the library was officially opened by the end of August 1966, just in time for the start of that fall's classes.

The Library was originally designed for only 4 levels, expandable as needed. In 1972 the ground floor was opened for more room, and in 1978 Level 6 was added. The reinforced concrete building was designed by the architectural and engineering firm of Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle, and Wolff.

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