John C. Hodges Library 30th Anniversary Street Fair

Category: Road Trip

Hodges Library

UT Knoxville’s John C. Hodges Library turns 30 this year and welcomes all UT alumni, faculty and friends to the party.

“I invite staff and alumni from across the state to join us for our 30th anniversary celebration,” said Dean of Libraries Steve Smith. “Come see why Hodges Library is the most popular student destination and the most heavily trafficked building on campus.”

The event is being held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 at Hodges library in Knoxville. The library has 40 miles of book stacks and space for 2 million volumes. It was the largest and most-modern building in Tennessee when it opened in 1987.

The celebration, hosted on the library’s second floor in the Commons area, will include arcade games, photo booths, a radio broadcast and 1,000 cupcakes. Guests can experience a virtual reality headset or play “retro” video games that date back to the library’s beginning.

Trivia buffs can test their library knowledge at one of the carnival booths and be entered into a prize drawing.

Following the street fair, a reception and remarks will begin in the first-floor galleria at 5:30 p.m. New displays will be unveiled in the Elaine Altman Exhibit Area, including the original architects’ model for the library and a pictorial retrospective of “UT Then & Now.”

The street fair and reception are both free events.