The University of Alabama
W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library
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Glass Painting at Hoole  Library
Stained Glass Window at
Hoole Special Collections Library


W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library

Location: The Hoole Special Collections Library is located on the second floor of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, 500 Hackberry Lane, on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Organized by University Librarian Dr. William Stanley Hoole in 1945, the library was named in his honor in October 1977. The library moved from the fourth floor of the Gorgas Library to its current location in 1993.


Collection: Alabama Mosaic, Alabama Collection, Rare Books, Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture, Book Arts Collection, University Archives and Records Management, Manuscript Collections,Map Collections, Photographs

Map: Hoole Special Collections Library Location on Campus Map

Floor Plans: Hoole Special Collections Library Floor Plans

Library Hours: The Hoole Special Collections' Gandrud Reading Room is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. while the University is in session. While no advance appointment is required, it is recommended that researchers call ahead to inform Special Collections staff of their project and upcoming visit.

Other Information: 
Online Exhibits at Hoole:
CSS Alabama, Alabama Postcards, Over There! and Back Again: Patriotic American Sheet Music from the First World War
Other Online Resources:Alabama History & Cultural Resources Online,Archival Resources Online, Genealogy Resources online, Preservation Resources Online

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