Near the beginning of his tenor as director, the Perry-Castañeda Library building was completed and opened as the main library branch. By his retirement in 2002, UT Libraries vastly expanded their resources to include both access to online databases and a new 21st Century study area and computer workstation.
“I don’t believe a word of it... The information world, now wild with its riders and rich in its unstructured wonders, will require the attention of architects and planners, builders, guides, computing and security officers, and information specialists if it is to be turned from wilderness into the rational, near limitless, knowledge structure that is possible”.
Billings’ support for the libraries was ongoing, and in 2003 the UT Libraries Staff Honors Endowment was renamed for Billings. The Harold Billings Fund for Collection Enhancement was established in 2006 as the result of a donation by his daughter, Carol Billings Blood, to support the purchase of books and materials for the libraries.
Through Billings' skill in building partnerships, his openness to the evolving role of librarians, and his passionate advocacy for the field, UTL not only weathered these changes but built its reputation as one of the nation’s top-ranking research libraries .