Pepperdine University Libraries

Campaign Goal: $30.05 million

Payson Library Renovation $ 22,000,000
Endowed Chair, Dean of Libraries $ 5,000,000
Special Collections and Archives $ 3,000,000
University Libraries Annual Giving Campaign Goal $ 50,000

The Library as Place: Heart of the Academy

A recent national survey showed that the second-most important determining factor parents consider when deciding on a college for their children is the quality of a university's library.

Beyond providing a comprehensive range of services to help students succeed with their studies, a centrally located college library—the model since Thomas Jefferson charted his master plan for the University of Virginia—sends a strong message that a college is serious about academics. No other building on campus proclaims a university's respect for and commitment to learning more dramatically than its library.

In many ways, Pepperdine's Payson Library is already the biggest classroom and the biggest living room on campus; a place where knowledge is not only discovered through a blend of online and print resources, but also where students reflect, exchange ideas, and grow intellectually. Unlike a student union, a dorm, or other public spaces on campus, the library offers quiet space for contemplation in a comfortable setting. In short, our library is a home for the heart, mind, and soul. It is time to declare boldly that a university cannot rise higher than the quality of its libraries.

With high-technology support and high-touch personalized services by its team of knowledge navigators, the Payson Library experience is well beyond what can be accomplished by a student sitting alone in a dorm room with a laptop. From a broad array of faculty and guest lectures on topics ranging from the human genome project to global warming to Mozart to the African American experience, to exhibitions of art and photography that stimulate thinking on history and mythology in visual terms, Payson is a hub of intellectual activity and idea exchange.

It is also a center for new learning, where students become discerning information users and consumers, expanding their horizons beyond Google. In addition to providing information literacy instruction to nearly 4,000 students a year, Payson has launched a new search and retrieval portal called WorldCatLocal, which provides users with access to more than 100 million titles from 40 libraries around the world.

The Library of the Future

Just as Pepperdine is building toward the future every day, Payson must grow into the facility that students deserve and our legacy demands. Today's libraries are hospitable, comfortable, accommodating places with flexible seating. And they are open late. Libraries are the new student union. So, how can Payson Library secure its place as the home—that third space on campus between classrooms and dorm rooms—for the next generation of Pepperdine students?

Tomorrow's Payson Library

New Access

Library New AccessTo draw students and the community into Payson Library, to beckon them across the
threshold of exciting ideas and information, a new entrance will connect to the upper
level of the Mullin Town Square.

Special Collections and Archives Wing

Special Collections and Archives WingThe Pepperdine Library is quickly becoming home to valuable special collections and
archives, particularly of our local community, as represented in the Malibu Historical Collection.
A new wing will house these growing collections.

The Learning Commons

The Learning CommonsTwenty-first century libraries provide places for students to gather—with their laptops,
cell phones, and notepads—to exchange ideas, socialize, study, and learn as a group.
A new Learning Commons will accommodate these diverse gatherings, becoming a home
within a home in our library of the future.