Construction shot of the UGL being built.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, built in 1997, ongoing exhibits will be on display throughout the month, and special events celebrating the history of the building will begin Sept. 13.

Associate Director of Marketing & Communications for the WSU Library System Jill Wurm said the biggest part is to encourage students to take advantage of all the UGL has to offer while putting on programming that is easy to join in.

“A lot of people pass back and forth through the atrium all the time, and as they walk by, they’ll look at the exhibits and see things,” she said. “And we’re trying to hold other events where you have the opportunity to learn more without having to put in a lot of effort… students are busy. The time back to school is your busiest time, but we still want you, though all of this, to learn a little bit more about the library.”

For 20 years, the UGL has made its mark on campus. To this day, everyone from campus veterans who’ve been around for years to the newest students on the scene look to the UGL as a go-to hub where they can work hard, seek comfort and collaborate.

Looking back on her time at WSU, fourth-year nutrition and food science major Zainab Alsalman said the building has been a big part of her college experience. She has many memories camping out in the UGL day and night.

“I’ve gotten so much studying done, and I don’t think I’ve found a building that works better with my time and given me more places to study than the UGL,” she said.

Freshman pre-nursing student Samantha Aguilar may be new on campus but said everything she’s seen in the UGL has been so helpful.

“It’s already good as it is, but I hope it gets better with more years to come,” Aguilar said.

A complete list of celebratory programming is as follows:

Special Events

Annual Book Sale, Sept. 13

10 a.m.-3 p.m., in front of the UGL

Many books will be available at affordable prices, from $1.50 for a hardcover to 50 cents for a paperback. Guests can peruse a variety of titles ranging from textbooks to fiction.

Titanic Film Showing, Sept.14

11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Bernath Auditorium

In 1997, the UGL was getting ready to open and Titanic was the No. 1 movie at the box office.

Meet University Library System Dean Jon Cawthorne, Sept. 14

2 p.m.-3 p.m., UGL Atrium

Jon Cawthorne was welcomed as the new dean of the School of Information Sciences, and he’s excited to say hello and meet with library patrons one-on-one.

UGL Birthday Celebration: Pop-up Screenprinting Makerspace, Sept. 21

11 a.m.-1 p.m., UGL Atrium

Visitors can come by for the chance to watch WSU artists screenprint t-shirts and posters with the UGL 20th anniversary logo and come away with a take home souvenir. Shirts are limited, but guests can also choose to bring their own light-colored shirt for screenprinting.

UGL InfoFair and New Space Open House, Sept. 21

11 a.m.-1 p.m., UGL Atrium

The InfoFair will offer information and a tour of UGL services and areas, plus new amenities on the second floor, such as Peer Assisted Learning, the Immersive Technologies Lab and Collaboration Commons.

Ongoing Events

20 Years at the UGL: Then, Now and the Future

A showcase exhibiting the history of the UGL, from its ground breaking to how the library has evolved over the years, was unveiled in the atrium and will run throughout the month. Historical information and photographs are on display.

Adamany ArtWalk

David Adamany, the library’s namesake, loved the arts, and the building is home to pieces from the WSU Art Collection today. A map is available at the service desk for guests interested in going for a stroll and exploring the UGL’s artwork.

Pop-up UGL Building Exhibit

Guests wandering out the UGL can find fun facts throughout the building. Trivia, statistics and surprising information that many people may not know will be decorating the space.

“On the Hub” Success Sessions

Each session offered at the Microsoft Hub in the Collaboration Commons on the second floor is just 20 minutes and will cover plenty of academic and personal topics, from learning how to find articles for research to overcoming procrastination. Guests are welcome to just drop-in, and a full list of times and sessions is available here.

For more information, contact reporter Aleanna Siacon at

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