About Paul Meek Library

Meeting friends?  Researching facts for an assignment?  Settling into a comfortable chair with a good book or studying with a delicious cup of coffee by a cozy fireplace?  Finding materials to use in a speech or presentation?  Editing/creating video images for a group project?

The Paul Meek Library offers these opportunities and more in a facility that is open 92 hours a week.  We’re a “Library Without Walls” featuring resources and services that are available regardless of your location and we’re home to a 24-hour computer lab right inside our front door (next to the coffee/snack bar).

The Media Center offers print and digital resources and a wide variety of educational supplies for use in your classes.  Unique items are found in the J. Houston Gordon Museum, replica offices of Tennessee Governor Ned R. McWherter and Congressman Ed Jones, or the regional history and primary-research collection of books, manuscripts (like Davy Crockett’s Almanack).


We’re always a visit, click, call, or chat away!


Who Was Paul Meek?   

William Paul Meek (who held UTM leadership positions as Executive Officer, Dean, UT Vice President, or Chancellor from 1934 to 1967) helped the University to stabilize, develop, and expand in size and stature.   For 33 years, he led the University through difficult financial times to a period of unprecedented growth.

In 1959, Meek was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by Lambuth College. His efforts were recognized again in 1962 when he was given the title of Vice President of the University of Tennessee and Chancellor of the Martin Branch. Just prior to his retirement in 1967, Paul Meek was present when Governor Buford Ellington signed the document changing the college name to "The University of Tennessee at Martin."

In retirement, Dr. Meek witnessed the creation of the Paul and Martha Meek Scholarship Fund, the establishment of a "Paul Meek Day," and the naming of the library building in his honor. "The heart of any campus is the library," said University President Andy Holt at the 1968 dedication, "and that's why it is named after Paul Meek." On November 2, 1972, Paul Meek died at the age of 75.


For more information on Dr. Meek, read a tribute from his daughter Dr. Anne Meek, Happy Birthday, Dr. Meek!  Turning Back the Hands of Time.

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