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History of the John Peace Library


"I said that what I wanted to do was take four football fields and stack them on top of each other. … And this one here (at UTSA) was a prize jewel."

Arleigh B. Templeton, former UTSA President

Ruby and John Peace

Ruby and John Peace

The John Peace Library opened to students on June 2, 1976. 

San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford designed the building, which was completed in late 1975 at a total cost of $10,120,489. 

At the time the building was completed, it was the largest building on The University of Texas at San Antonio campus at 225,891 square feet. It housed 350,000 volumes — 200,000 of them on microfilm — and had study space available to accommodate about 1,300 students. It stands as the largest of UTSA's libraries with three floors of resources, study spaces and academic support services.

Students in front of JPL
Students in front of the JPL

The University of Texas Board of Regents officially dedicated the building Dec. 13, 1974 in honor of the late John R. Peace II, an active member of the San Antonio community who championed efforts to bring a four-year public university to San Antonio as a member of the Board of Regents of the UT System.

Mr. Peace also donated his collection of the early Texana books and manuscripts to the UTSA Special Collections in 1973.