The John Peace Library (or JPL) refers ambiguously to both the John Peace Library itself and also the building which houses it and other offices. Soon after the Student Government Association successfully lobbied for a 24-hour library on campus, it became affectionately nicknamed "Club JPL."


John Robert Peace, Jr. (1917-1974) grew up near Wharton, Texas and got a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1939. He was a lawyer who was appointed by Governor John B. Connolly to the UT System Board of Regents, serving 1967-1973, and even as chair 1971-1973. He is recognized as a champion for the creation of UTSA. Appreciation for this, and his reputation as a collector of books and manuscripts about Texas, inspired the university's first library to be named after him.[1]


  1. "A Guide to the John Peace Collection, 1800-1973". UTSA Libraries Special Collections. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
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