Years ago, the library was located on the complete floor of the Main Auditorium (Main Chapel), where offices are located today.
It was not until May 16, 1988 that the work on the present building began, not on the College Greens but on the site of the Old Printery. The new completion date was predicted to be August 1989 but was not completed until September 23, 1991. It was expensive to build the library; therefore, several fundraising efforts had to be embarked upon. One such effort was the launching of a $1.5million Tag Drive at Kings House by the then Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Florizel Glasspole, on February 21, 1989. Among the great supportors of this drive were the alumni chapters overseas and the business community in Jamaica and overseas.
The Hiram S. Walters Resource Centre (the new library) had its opening ceremony on June 7, 1992. The library opened with 33,000 square feet of space, a computer laboratory of over 30 terminals, 302 periodical subscriptions, and over 80,000 books. Pledges for the contribution of other volumes for the library were made by organizations such as USAID Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh, USA, the International Book Bank in Maryland, USA, and ALCAN Jamaica (now WINDALCO).
It was the decision of the College Administration to name the building after one of Adventism’s greatest champions in the Caribbean, Hiram Sebastian “Tim” Walters. The General Collection, located on the upper floor of the library, was named after his wife, Lucille Walters.
Hiram Sebastian Walters
Humility of a Giant: A Tribute to Hiram S. Walters
The bestowing of an honorary doctoral degree on Hiram Sebastian (Tim) Walters is a gesture that has been long overdue, and the Library, which bears his name, is equally honored by this great act of appreciation for his life.
Though not Jamaican by birth, Hiram S. Walters was Seventh-Day Adventism personified in Jamaica, and his influence had a worldwide ripple effect on the global Seventh - day Adventist community. Hiram had the privilege of being one of the few persons to be born into a great pioneering Adventist tradition. Born to a faithful Bible worker in Panama in 1917, this giant of Adventism slowly evolved into one of the greatest leaders to organize God’s work in the Caribbean.
August 4, 2001 stands not only as a lifetime achievement for our dear Tim Walters but it also stands as a day of pride for the Hiram S. Walters Resource Centre. As we try to keep his legacy of ministry through Christian education alive, we also make the call for all to come and build on his work, so that the coming of Christ can be hastened.
Thank you for your pioneering works H.S. Walters. You deserve this recognition for your humility and hard work over the years.
(Excerpt from the Tribute to H. S. Walters)
For more on the life of the late Dr. Hiram S. Walters, check the Bahamas Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists website at www.bahamasconference.org or read his complete biography in the book entitled Adventist Champion by the late Dr. Harold Bennett.