Celebrating our past, building our future

The Charles T. Hayden Library opened its doors in August of 1966, welcoming more than 20,000 students and more than half a million books.

Speaking at the library’s dedication ceremony, which took place November 22 of that year, then Arizona Governor Samuel P. Goddard described the dire need for a modernized library system equipped to bridge the history of human knowledge with the newly accelerated pace of research discovery.

Today, 50 years later, the rapid expansion of digital resources is once again calling for the modernization of the library system for the 21st century and beyond.

As a new age for books and digital content continues to emerge, academic libraries across the country are shifting their operations and reshaping their services to not only meet the needs of a highly connected world but to expand the traditional ideas around what a library does and is.

What Gov. Goddard described in 1966 – a library to bridge the past with our future – is at the heart of #Hayden50, both a celebration of Hayden’s first 50-year chapter and a commitment to building its next.