History and Mission Statement
The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library is located on the second floor of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, 500 Hackberry Lane on The University of Alabama campus.The Hoole Library was organized in 1945 by Dr. Hoole shortly after he became University Librarian and was renamed in his honor in 1977. In 1993, the library moved from the fourth floor of the Gorgas Library to its current location.
The lobby of the Hoole Library on the second floor of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall features exhibitions on a regular basis. Our lobby is also home to a large Tiffany stained-glass window. Read more about it in A Stained Glass Tiffany Knight, an article written by Robert O. Mellown that was originally published in Alabama Heritage during Winter 1993.
The mission of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library is to acquire, preserve, and make available permanent collections of rare and unique research resources for the use of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students of the University of Alabama as well as others. In addition to documenting the University of Alabama and the unique historical and cultural experience of the state of Alabama and the contributions of Alabamians to the arts, literature, science, and other fields, our collections may focus on other specific areas of interest.