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About the Library

West Library Mission

In support of the mission of Texas Wesleyan University, Eunice & James L. West Library empowers academic excellence by providing access to diverse resources, fostering information literacy, and creating a collaborative learning environment for all those we serve.

West Library Vision

Striving to be a catalyst for academic success, our vision is to inspire a culture of learning, critical thinking, and innovation. We envision an academic community where our library's dynamic resources and inclusive environment contribute to the intellectual growth and lifelong success of all individuals we serve.

West Library History

The Eunice and James L. West Library is named to honor the late Eunice and James L. West of Fort Worth. It is only the second building constructed by Texas Wesleyan specifically for library services.

On October 29, 1980, Mr. and Mrs. West gave away $15.4 million in Tandy Corporation stock to eleven schools and organizations, $12 million of which went to Texas Wesleyan College to construct a new library. This was the largest single gift ever donated to Texas Wesleyan.

Cannady, Jackson & Ryan of Houston designed the West Library. Groundbreaking Ceremonies for the library were held on April 2, 1986, with Mrs. West joining Dr. Jerry Bawcom, President of the College; Bishop John Russell; and Daniel Crouse, President of the Student Government Association, in turning the dirt. Construction was completed in May 1988, and the library opened for business at the start of the first summer term. The West Library was dedicated on October 21, 1988, with H. Ross Perot delivering the keynote address.