And then there was color! The walls have been "mudded" and painting is ongoing, but the most obvious update is the addition of a "leapfrog green" paint on the projector walls and columns. Note also the completed installation of most of the ceiling tiles and the two main projectors that will utilize the green projector walls. More work remains but we are well on track for a completion some time later this month.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this month of May, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo! This holiday honors our Mexican neighbors' history on the date of their army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

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The Central Libraries are home to Dr. William Jackson "Jack" Kilgore's Library Collection. Dr. Kilgore (1917-1993) was a long-time Baylor University philosophy professor and department chair whose library centers around Spanish and Latin American thought. Included in this library are a few items published in Mexico during the 19th century. These histories provide context for the time period around the Cinco de Mayo battle.


#32 : "Benito Juárez: la reforma..." by Juan de Dios Peza (1852-1910)


#31 : "Juarez, su obra y su tiempo" by Justo Sierra (1848-1912)


#30 : "Apuntes para una bibliografía militar de México, 1536-1936" by the Comisión de estudios militares, 1937


#29 : "Phantom crown, the story of Maximillian & Carlota of Mexico" by Bertita Harding (1902-1971)

You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

This week our nation celebrates Preservation Week.  The American Library Association initiated this week-long celebration following a Heritage Health Index report in 2005 by the Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.  ALA encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Now in its ninth year, the Baylor Libraries have partnered with the Waco-McLennan County Public Library to offer a variety of learning opportunities for the Waco community.

Monday night (4/23), Beth Farwell (Director of Central Libraries) joined Houston Journalist Michael C. Duke to share lessons learned following Hurricane Harvey and resources available to prepare for saving your own family history.

On Saturday afternoon (4/28), Baylor Libraries personnel will participate in a Preservation Fair between 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the South Waco Library.


For more information on Preservation Week, visit

Quick tips for preserving your family treasures

FEMA recovering family documents