The General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center, which opened 6 May 1993, is a 100,500 square foot facility designed to meet the growing information needs of the Marine Corps in the 21st century.
In support of the Marine Corps, the mission of the Research Center is to provide a facility for the study of expeditionary and amphibious warfighting. It focuses on linking scholarly research and schools of professional military education with lessons learned from the field in order to stimulate the development of successful concepts, doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures.
A comprehensive collection of traditional library, research and archival material is readily available within the Gray Research Center. Ultimately slated to contain over 500,000 items, including maps, books, reports, annuals and historically significant planning documents, the facility consists of five functional areas: the James Carson Breckinridge Professional Library, the Research Library/Patron Work Area, the Family Library, the Marine Corps University Archives and the Marine Corps Lessons Learned Library. In addition, patrons visiting the Center are able to access a variety of electronic bulletin boards, on-line electronic databases and CD-ROM titles. Because the Research Center's bibliographic and on-line databases are linked to the world-wide Marine Corps Data Network, Marines can access these informational resources from anywhere in the world.
The Research Center also has a Conference Wing, consisting of a 250-person auditorium and a large conference room that can be sub-divided into three seminar rooms, each holding approximately 35 people. A state-of-the-art audiovisual system is available to users of the auditorium and meeting rooms.
The Research Center is a Marine Corps asset, designed to serve the information needs of the Operating Forces around the world as well as the students and faculty members of the University. As it continues to expand–collecting, organizing, accessing and disseminating information–The Gray Research Center will remain a key resource whose value will continue to grow well into the 21st century.