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University Libraries' main branch, Waterfield Library, functions as an active study and learning space dedicated to all disciplines. Inside are both quiet and collaborative work zones complete with - in addition to the books - computer labs, printers, media and games collections, individual study rooms, and classrooms. The Makerspace, the Racer Writing Center, the Racer Oral Communication Center, and Einstein Bros Bagels are all under Waterfield's roof.
The building that houses Waterfield Library was constructed in 1959 as the Student Union with a post office, cafeteria, ballroom, bookstore, offices, and rec rooms. As Murray State grew, it was determined that the university needed more library space, so the Student Union was renovated and expanded to accommodate our growing collections. Waterfield Library's groundbreaking ceremony was held November 22, 1976.
Waterfield Library's namesake, Harry Lee Waterfield (January 19, 1911 – August 4, 1988), served as Kentucky's 42nd and 44th Lieutenant Governor, under Governor Happy Chandler from 1955 to 1959, and under Governor Edward Breathitt from 1963 to 1967. Originally from Calloway County, Waterfield graduated from Murray State and made his career before politics in newspaper publishing, even becoming president of the Kentucky Press Association. He was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1938 to 1947, and again from 1950 to 1951, serving as House speaker from 1944 to 1946.