The Graduate Research Center (GRC) is dedicated to supporting and inspiring graduate students in their academic endeavors. Located on the second floor of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library, the GRC features a quiet study area (Pattie Orr Graduate Research Commons), five collaboration rooms, a conference room, lounge and break room.
The Standing Committee was created during a casual conversation between former Poage staffer Fowler West, Judge Jack Hightower and Congressman Alan Steelman at the Poage Library's 25th anniversary celebration in October 2004. These three leaders challenged those present to establish a group that would provide financial support for the work of the Library. More than a decade later, The Standing Committee continues to grow as people who share an interest in preserving the history of Texas and American politics for present and future generations take up the challenge to support Poage's expanding collections.
On September 21, 1979, the W. R. Poage Legislative Library opened its doors to the public. Featuring a congressional research center and offices for the Baylor Graduate School, the new facility was the first to be associated with an institution of higher education that honors an individual for his service in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the years, the W. R. Poage Legislative Library has grown with expanded collections, well-developed civic engagement programs, and an active Graduate Research Center. Come and celebrate Poage's 40th at an Open House on Friday, September 20, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, tours, giveaways, and an opporutnity to register to vote!