The highlight of the 1980-81 academic year at the University of Georgia School of Law was the opening of the new Law Library Annex. The building was dedicated May 2, 1981 in ceremonies marking the Law Day observance. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun was the dedication speaker.

The new annex contains 25,000 square feet divided among three floors of library, office and instructional space. With this new addition the law school physical plan now totals 138,000 square feet. The annex includes 20 offices for the editorial staffs of the Georgia Law Review and the Journal of International and Comparative Law, five faculty offices, five library staff offices, the headquarters of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, two conference rooms and an audio-visual room.

The construction project, undertaken by Barge and Company, Inc. of Atlanta, took 18 months and $1.5 million to complete. Architects for the project were members of the Atlanta firm of Jova, Daniels and Busby.

The completion of the annex makes it possible for the library staff to shelve the current total collection of 320,000 volumes. It creates access to all of the resources as well as provides adequate study and conference space -- important ingredients to a successful law program.

The opening of the new annex represents the passing of a milestone in the development of a true law center at the University of Georgia School of Law.