Intellectual and Architectural Gem

The reviews are in and the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is a winner

Tina Potterf

New Library

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In the fall issue we introduced readers to some of the distinctive elements of the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. There are abundant spaces for study and discussion, a café that is in the vein of a hip coffeehouse, designated quiet rooms and effective use of outdoor space with seating and a rain garden.

The interior and exterior mix the sleek and urbane with the traditional—one of the most striking elements inside the library is the double-helix staircase, a vestige from the original library built in 1966, which now serves as a focal point upon entering the main floor of the new building. There's also an airy, openness that showcases the art, which pops off the walls, as well as the glass façade of the building that brightens the space with natural light. At 125,000 square feet, the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is no shrinking violet, yet the space feels inviting, not lofty or cold.

At the formal dedication of the library and learning commons this fall, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., praised the many donors who made the project pos- sible, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Ann Pigott Wyckoff; Rita Daubenspeck and her late husband, Harold; Dick and Betty Hedreen, who contrib- uted much of the art that is in the building; and Trustee Anne Farrell, who chaired the library fundraising committee.

"The opening of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons trans- forms learning, teaching and the campus experience for our students," says Father Sundborg. "Imagine all the personal formation, learning successes and empower- ing experiences that will take place here for years to come."

Here's a peek inside.

Library Main Entrance

One of the striking elements of the library and learning commons—the double-helix staircase— remains.

Students Studying

The space offers several areas for students to tap into vast technology or to pull up a chair and do their homework on their own laptops.

Byte Cafe

A popular go-to spot in the new library is The Byte, the coffeehouse-style café where visitors can grab a quick bite or settle in with a hot or cold beverage.

Student Reading

The library and learning commons offers many spots and alcoves for quiet contemplation and study. One of these spaces is the grand reading room, which has comfy, oversized chairs and striking artwork.



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