Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Building Features and Equipment


  • The Christine and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Library and Learning Center opened on March 24, 2008. The dedication was held May 3, 2008, after commencement ceremonies with Mr. Hazy as guest speaker.
  • The Hazy Library and Learning Center is named in recognition of Christine and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, two individuals who have established a powerful and lasting legacy of leadership and support for the aviation industry.
  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy is currently the Chairman and CEO of Air Lease Corporation, which leases and finances commercial jet aircraft worldwide. An avid pilot, as well as aviation industry leader, Udvar-Hazy holds FAA instrument, multi-engine and commercial pilot ratings. Together with his wife, Christine, Steven Udvar-Hazy donated $66 million to the Smithsonian Institutes’ National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. to establish a new Annex. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Dulles Center for the Smithsonian Institute opened in December 2003.
  • Christine Hazy is the Managing Director of the SKETCH Foundation, a non-profit organization she founded in 1991 with her husband. This family foundation is dedicated to funding projects that benefit children in the areas of health, education, and the arts.


The architectural design concept for the Hazy Library and Learning Center is a “Metaphor of Flight.” The internally blue-lit illuminated staircase ascends as a continuous runway from the first floor entry, culminating at the second floor collaboration rooms. This ascending motion can be thought of as the motion of flight, during uplift on the runway. The second floor slides out to cantilever in two directions. At the entryway, a large vertical wall strikes a line with the horizontal building composition, symbolizing an airplane.

Motto and Logo Library Logo

"Beyond Books @your library" symbolizes the concept of the new library and learning center in the 21st century. With multi-colored columns of books and jet streams integrating emerging technologies and digital information access, the jet flies through, around and finally beyond the books.

Building Facts

  • Square footage: 35,711
  • Stories: 2
  • Book volume capacity: 50,000
  • Periodical volume capacity: 800
  • Computer work stations: 82
  • Total seating: 364
  • Architects: DLR Group, Phoenix
  • Contractor: Barton Malow Co., Phoenix

Worthington Reading Room

Worthington Reading RoomA cozy reading room named in honor of Gertrude V. Worthington, a former ERAU Board of Trustees member for over 20 years and avid supporter of libraries, this rich, warm, and stately environment has oversized leather chairs, large tables with banker’s lamps, and study carrels. As Worthington stated, it “ensures that students have a place to call their own at study time.”

Luanne Lea Special Collection

This room is named to honor Luanne Lea, a Humanities/Social Sciences professor who taught at the Prescott Campus from 1980 until her retirement in 1999. She served on the Board of Trustees and provided leadership to the Library as Associate Dean of Academic Support. She was a mentor and advocate for women in aviation and donated her collection of resources and slide programs to inspire young women to pursue careers in aviation.Infocommons

Information Commons

As the hub of the Library, the Information Commons is a technologically rich environment with 40 computers, scanners and printers. The computers have standard university software programs.

Presentation Room

This inviting multimedia-ready room seats 24. It has 2 computer projectors and screens used for team briefings and multimedia presentations. A floor-to-ceiling writable surface provides ample space for writing engineering formulas, diagrams, flow charts, and language word conjugations.

Collaboration Rooms

Presentation RoomThree collaboration rooms seat 12 occupants each. Each room is equipped with computer projectors for multimedia creation and presentation. The ATP room is named in honor of Aircraft Technical Publishers.        

Group Study Rooms

Six rooms are available for individuals to study or for groups to work together.

Assistive Technologies Center

The Assistive Technologies Center, located in Room 226 on the 2nd floor, provides specialized software: Dragon Naturally Speaking, Inspiration, and Kurzweil, as well as a private area to work. Additional information about this specialized software is available through Disability Support Services.

Multimedia Technology Center

Multimedia Technology CenterThe Multimedia Technology Center has computers in the Multimedia Production Room for students to develop video and multimedia projects.  Video capture equipment, DVD burners, and photo and digital editing and imaging systems are available. Media technicians provide training and technical support to assist students with their multimedia presentations.

Research Instruction Room

This classroom is designed with 40 computers and an instructor station. The Reference/Instruction Librarians teach students how to locate, evaluate, and use information in the Information Literacy Program. When not in use, the room is available as an open lab for students.

Study TablesStudy Areas

Open tables and comfortable soft seating are available throughout the building for individual reading and study and for groups working together. Panoramic views of the mountains and horizons provide a light airy environment.