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ETSU C.C. Sherrod Library -- Building Highlights

Building Completion Date: October 1998

Size: 191, 700 gross Square Feet; 151,400 Net Square Feet

Floors: Four floors above grade, fully accessible to all persons with disabilities

General reader area: 1,500 seats located throughout the building

Group study rooms: 80 seats distributed among 16 rooms

Individual study rooms: 62 rooms, assigned and open

Public computer stations: distributed throughout the building

Library multimedia rooms: 80 seats in two instruction rooms (one now dedicated to Academic Technology Support)

Media access: 8 individual stations, 6 group viewing rooms

Special services room: Equipment and software to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities in locating and using library resources

Extended hours study: 110-seat area open 24 hours with vending machines, photocopier, and wired and wireless networking; accessible with an ETSU ID card.

Quillen Congressional Office and Gallery A replica of longtime U.S. Congressional Representative James H. Quillen's former Washington office is located on the fourth flor of the library. This area also includes Quillen's memorabilia, including a collection of Republican items. The collection is open Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and by appointment.

Arial view of librarySherrod Library is located on a corner of the campus bounded by Lake Street and Boundary Road, next to the D.P. Culp University Center, and behind Rogers Stout Hall. the building is oriented on a diagonal with the campus grid, forming four courts that harmonize with the surrounding natural setting. The design includes a main stair in the center of the building with dome and clerestory at roof level

The library is named after Dr. Charles C. Sherrod, second president of East Tennessee State University, serving from 1925-1949.

Within the library, voice, data and video wiring is connected to the campus-wide network and 800 potential computer data connections have been distributed throughout the building. Instructional rooms are equipped to support multimedia instruction and study and office areas have electrical outlets and network connections for technical equipment including laptop computers which the library lends to students for use in the building.

The building also houses the Archives of Appalachia and ETSU's Academic Technology Support division of the Office of Information Technology.



Art in the Library

Library Leaves sculpture Situated outside Sherrod Library on the Fred P. Borchuck Plaza, LIBRARY LEAVES is the newest public sculpture to grace the campus. Funded by the Sherrod Library Foundation, the bench is constructed from steel pipe, steel rod, and "expanded metal," the name given to sheet metal that is pierced. Professor Catherine Murray's Fall 2004 Intro to Sculpture class presented the concept and design to libary faculty and Dean Scher who were delighted by the plans. Murray's class cut all of the steel and Murray welded it together over Christmas break and into spring semester. Its bright primary colors are due to marine grade epoxy. It was painted with the assistance of student workers in the sculpture lab.

Students who were involved in the design and fabrication of LIBRARY LEAVES are : Chris Buchanan, Logan Donihe, Kevin Masters, Patti Matherly, Larry Rogers, Jessica Ryssemus, Katelyn Safewright, Rick Walker, Marty Henley, and Catherine Martin.



Eye Read sculpture in lobby of libraryEYE READ, located in the library's lobby, is a stainless steel sculpture created by students in the advanced sculpture class at ETSU, during Spring 2003. The students collaborated on the design and fabrication with Associate Professor Catherine Murray, developing a sculpture specifically for the Sherrod Library. The students who created the sculpture: Angie Dugger-Lynch, Chad Fraley, Rosie Sesler, and Amber Stout.

Works by John Alan Maxwell (1904-1984) are hung in the library reference room (first floor) and on the third floor of the library. John Alan Maxwell was primarily known for his historical paintings. However, his illustration for magazines, adult and children's book jackets were equally notable and widely published both internationally and nationally. Some authors even stipulated in their contracts that only Maxwell could illustrate their book covers. He returned to Johnson City, where he had lived as a child, in 1960. He spent his remaining years doing book work and various other works on commission. He taught regular art classes at ETSU and for the Johnson City Board of Parks and Recreation. The works were donated by Mrs. Elizabeth Smedberg. in 2000. Maxwell studiedat the Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, the Washington School of Art, Washington DC, and the Art Students' League, New York, NY.

All in the Family II mural, photo by Stephen Patrick

All in the Family II is a large (9 feet by 13 feet) mural by Marianne DiNapoli Mylet that portrays several giants of bluegrass and country music along with others who inspired, taught, collaborated with, or laid the groundwork for the work of these major figures in the American musical tapestry. It is located on the first floor of the library. The work highlights a few of the numerous musicals and personal ties between bluegrass-country music and blues, jazz gospel, folk , pop, and Hawaiian music. It is a re-interpretation of the print all in the family I, by Willard Gayheart. The project is an undertaking of ETSU's Bluegrass and Country music program, an element of ETSU's Center for Appalachian Studies and Services. The All in the Family works are based on a concept by the program's director, Jack Tottle. The mural was dedicated on Friday, February 8, 2002

Depicted in the mural are the A.P. Carter family (Maybelle, A.P., and Sara), Leslie Riddle as a young man and in later years, Bob Wills, Earl Scruggs, Uncle John Scruggs, Bessie Smith, Arnold Schultz, Jimmie Rodgers, Bashful Brother Rosewood, Bill Monroe, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Louis Armstrong, Joseph Kekuku, Rufus "Tee Tot" Payne, Elvis Presley, and Hank Williams.


The Government Documents, Law and Maps department on the third floor of the library houses a collection containing a variety of framed art posters and maps issued by federal departments and agencies through the Government Printing Office and posters from the State of Tennessee. The collection includes decorative seals of the various governmental agencies that were donated by the office of the late Tennessee 1st District Congressman, James H Quillen.


Scott Silcox was raised in Clintwood VA and graduated from ETSU with a BFA in 1994. His untitled oil painting hangs in the reference room on the first floor of the library. Silcox currently lives in Peachtree City GA and continues to exhibit works throughout this region.

Untitled, by Scott Silcox.




Steamroller Art was created for the library by students taking 2-D and Color Theory classes during Fall 2001. Each piece was created by carving 4x8 foot plywood sheets which were inked and then rolled with a steam roller to transfer the designs onto fabric. The finished products are located in Rooms 309 and 118 of the library.

Steamroller print in library instruction lab (room 309) Steamroller print in Academic Technology Support lab (room 119)



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