Moody and Jones Libraries Projects

A Reimagined Moody First Floor

The University Libraries seek to transform a significant portion of the first floor of Moody Memorial Library from its current incarnation as a location for book ranges into a vibrant, inclusive, and cutting-edge area for individual, small group, and seminar-style instruction aimed at supporting the university’s goal of creating a “transformative undergraduate education” for our students. Completing this project will make great strides toward the Libraries’ goal of increasing overall space for student use from the current level of a maximum of 9% of our student body to our target of 15% and is key to our mission of reclaiming the libraries for students, not materials.

This view of Moody 1 West shows rows of book ranges that held general collection items until the late fall 2020. Plans are in place to remove these shelves and open the space up for student use.

After extensive remodeling work during the 2020 Christmas break, the space has been opened for small group use, offering dramatic views of the Baylor campus in a refreshed environment. Your giving to this project will help further transform it into a high-tech, welcoming space.

Long-term plans for this area include refocusing the area on supporting small group study, technology applications (presentation hubs and visualization screens), and artwork and furnishings that are modern, functional, and representative of a diverse student body. 

Gifts to support this project may be made to the Library Dean's Excellence Fund, with a notation to support the renovation of Moody's first floor.