Willis Library has become a major landmark on the UNT Denton campus since its
construction in the late 1960s. It was originally expected to open for the Fall 1970
semester, but delays pushed back the opening date considerably to June 4, 1971. The
library was named after A.M. Willis Jr., in 1978, for his service to the university
as a Board of Regents member and Chairperson. Prior to being named Willis Library, the
building was simply referred to as the new library.
The Library has always been an obvious destination for studying, especially around midterms
and finals, and has been lovingly referred to as “Club Willis” since the mid-2000s. The library
mall has also been a major spot for commemorative photos, activism, and university events.
Though Willis Library is not the building originally envisioned, it has allowed the UNT Libraries
to become a top tier research library, housing a wonderful array of resources, including a government
documents repository, the number one music library in the country, a top tier archives and special
collections department, and a state-of-the-art makerspace.