Summer Renovations at Richter Library


A series of improvements to Richter Library’s facilities are underway. These include much needed enhancements to services and furnishings in the student study areas, replacement of entry turnstiles, and a crucial renovation of the library’s collections processing and maintenance areas on the third floor.

Although the renovations may lead to higher noise levels on Richter’s main floors, quiet work spaces will continue to be accessible in the stacks (floors 4-7 and 9) as well as the reading rooms in Special Collections (8th floor) and the Cuban Heritage Collection (2nd floor). Computers, laptops, and tablets are welcome in all of these spaces. However, please be aware that since both reading rooms hold distinctive collections, they have a “pencils only” writing policy, and food or beverages are not permitted.

If you are having difficulty locating a quiet work space, please visit Access Services (at the library’s entrance) for further assistance. We appreciate your patience this summer as we update our facilities, and look forward to an improved library experience for all.​


U of M Opened Here

Dr. William Butler (left) and Dr. Henry King Stanford (right) in front of the sign "U of M Opened Here" taken in 2007.

Dr. William Butler (left) and Dr. Henry King Stanford (right) in front of the sign “U of M Opened Here” taken in 2007.

This is a meaningful picture for the University taken in 2007 – two historically important people of the university are standing at the birthplace of the first campus. Dr. William Butler (left) and Dr. Henry King Stanford (right, third president of the University from 1962-1981) are standing in front of the sign “U of M Opened Here” located near downtown Coral Gables. The picture was given to us by Dr. B together with two dozens of additional images on his professional and personal life from 1942 to 2014.

Dr. Butler had served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and professor at the University of Miami for 32 years and retired in 1997. He is the founder of the William R. Butler Volunteer Service Center at the U.M. also. He helped me many times with research questions, and he is an ardent supporter of the University Archives by donating us his interview videos “Conversations with Dr. William Butler (1995-2004)” and publishing the book “Embracing the World: the University of Miami, from Cardboard College to International and Global Acclaim (2008).”

(Conversations with Dr. William Butler)

(Embracing the World)

Please go to the link below to see pictures and learn more about the first campus of the University.
(Anastasia building & North Campus)