Gossom, Thom


For me, [Auburn University Libraries] are the future — a discovery zone for students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and many others.

My mom took me to libraries as a young boy. Libraries exposed me to the world, to history, to communication, and to possibilities. In high school, the librarian was my friend. At Auburn, my love of libraries grew. During respites from my role as an athlete, I escaped to the quiet of the library, respecting the common quest for knowledge and the endless possibilities.

To this day, Auburn University Libraries are my comfort zone. For me, they are the future — a discovery zone for students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and many others. There is a little something there for all of us. When I’m on campus now, I’ll sometimes walk through the main library, smiling in silence. When I leave, I know I’ll always leave a little part of my heart there.

Thomas Gossom Jr. '75, Speech Communication
Chair, Auburn University Foundation
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