Merrill–Cazier Library

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Merrill-Cazier Library
CountryUnited States
LocationUtah State University
Logan, Utah
Coordinates41°44′32″N 111°48′34″W / 41.74222°N 111.80944°W / 41.74222; -111.80944Coordinates: 41°44′32″N 111°48′34″W / 41.74222°N 111.80944°W / 41.74222; -111.80944
Size1,590,000 print volumes
Access and use
Population servedcampus and surrounding area
Other information
DirectorBradford Cole

The Merrill–Cazier Library is an academic library serving the students of Utah State University and the community of Logan, Utah.


The Merrill–Cazier Library opened in September 2005. The building integrated the Cazier Science and Technology Library with a 189,000-square-foot (17,600 m2) expansion, replacing the 74-year-old Merrill Library.[1] The library is named for Milton R. Merrill, former Utah State University vice president, and Stanford Cazier, former Utah State University president.[2]

The original Merrill Library was built in 1930 by the Whitmeyer Company of Ogden, Utah[3] and expanded in 1967.[4] A second library, the Cazier Science and Technology Library, was added to campus in 1995.[5]

The Merrill–Cazier Library recently marked its 100th anniversary as a regional United States Government document depository.[6]

The Building[edit]

A central atrium connects the former Cazier Science and Technology library with the new construction allowing the two to work as one.[7] The library is 305,000-square-foot (28,300 m2), about the same as the previous two libraries combined, using technological innovations, the new library is a more functional building.[8]

Recently labeled a "Smart Library" by Campus Technology magazine,[9] the Merrill–Cazier Library offers a technology-rich environment with radio frequency identification tags (RFID), a self check-out system, an on site automated retrieval system, the Information Commons consisting of 150 computer workstations, group study rooms of which 14 are equipped with computers and large screen LCD displays, two multimedia suites, and two library instruction rooms with over 60 workstations.[10]


BARN as viewed from basement.

An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) is an integral part of the building and allows for many years of collection development.[11] Designed and built by Daifuku of America at its North American Headquarters in Salt Lake City, the system is enclosed in a 56-foot-wide (17 m) by 140-foot-long (43 m) and 80-foot-high (24 m) climate-controlled corner of the library building. Three aisles of shelves are served by three Storage and Retrieval Machines (SRMs) that can retrieve an average of 875 volumes a day. There is space to add a fourth row of shelves when it is needed.[12] The BARN (Borrower's Automated Retrieval Network) was so named in reference to Utah State University's status as an agricultural school.

All of the Merrill–Cazier Library's bound journals, over 200,000 less frequently used books, and most of the microform are stored in the BARN. There are currently nearly 550,000 items with room to expand to approximately 1.5 million items.[13]


  1. ^ "Library Portrait".
  2. ^ "An Encyclopedic History of Utah State University". University Archives. Utah State University.
  3. ^ Utah State University, USU Historical Buildings (PDF), Utah State University
  4. ^ Utah State University, USU Historical Buildings (PDF), Utah State University
  5. ^ Utah State Magazine, 12 (2), Summer 2006
  6. ^ Marginalia Spring 2007
  7. ^ Marginalia (20), Spring–Summer 2006
  8. ^ Library Portrait
  9. ^ 101 Best Practices>>Smart Classroom
  10. ^ Utah State University Library Automates Storage/Retrieval of 1.5 Million Books
  11. ^ GSBS Architects
  12. ^ Popeck, Charlie, "Technology Makes the New Merrill-Cazier Library Shine at Utah State", McGraw Hill Construction, archived from the original on December 10, 2005
  13. ^ BARN FAQ

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