Goodbye to the Robert B. Green Campus Library

Evelyn Olivier, Dr. Virginia Bowden, Rajia Tobia, Linda Levy, and Ron Mesa all attended a farewell reception recognizing many years of library service at Robert B. Green Campus. The library closed on July 28, 2011.

The branch library of the UT Health Science Center Libraries located at the Robert B. Green Campus of the University Health System (UHS) closed its doors for the last time on July 28, 2011. The building in which the library is located is scheduled to be demolished, and there will be no identified library space at the downtown facility. This lack of space, combined with declining use of the library over the years and the need to reassign staff to the Briscoe Library on the central campus, led to the decision to close the Robert B. Green Library.

The UT Health Science Center Library took over management of the Robert B. Green Hospital Library in 1976. The library was then named the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center and served the needs of faculty, students, and residents at the downtown location. At that time, inpatient Labor and Delivery, the Newborn Nursery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were located at the Robert B. Green Hospital, resulting in a very busy environment. Eventually, maternity services were moved to the University Hospital adjacent to the Health Science Center campus.

The library and facility have had several names – Robert B. Green Library, Robert B. Green Educational Resources Center, Brady/Green Library and Downtown Library at the UHC-D. Evelyn Olivier was the first librarian at the RBG/ERC in 1976. Rajia Tobia, current Executive Director of Libraries, held her first job at the Health Science Center as Robert B. Green Librarian in 1980. Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Database and Branch Services, has been the longest-serving librarian, working in the Robert B. Green campus since 1999, and Ron Mesa, Library Assistant, has been the face of the downtown library for many years and is well known for his excellent customer service.

At a farewell reception held on July 21, Robert B. Green Campus and UT Health Science Center staff honored the library that had given many years of service to UT Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and to UHS personnel, residents, and patients. UHS administration hosted the reception with Dr. Gary McWilliams, UHS Executive Vice President, Ambulatory Services, providing reminiscences of the Robert B. Green Hospital. Evelyn Olivier, the first librarian at the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center, attended the reception as did Dr. Virginia Bowden, Library Director Emeritus.

Although the library is closed, library services will continue to be provided through electronic resources including email, visits and instructional sessions offered by librarians, and by phone.

 Rajia Tobia
 Executive Director of Libraries

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