The University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems will dedicate a new joint library to house about 1 million books culled from the general and reference holdings of the state's top universities.
The $6.3 million, 18,000-square-foot library will make those materials available for use by other academic and medical institutions.
Previously, the two systems had partnered on high-density library storage at UT's J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin that required stricter environmental controls for the preservation of sensitive materials including special collections.
The new facility will help alleviate pressures as campus research libraries continue to add volumes and related resources. The facility will keep the burden of storage costs off the individual campuses in both systems.