Library Building Project

Northwest view of arch
Reading room
Quaker & Special Collections

Magill closed at the end of the Fall 2017 semester and will reopen as the Lutnick Library when the construction is completed.

The successfully completed Lives That Speak capital campaign identified the Library as a rich opportunity to create a much-needed interactive, inviting, architecturally beautiful structure that advances and facilitates the innovative programming now offered.  Critical are technologically robust spaces, active teaching and learning spaces, a Digital Scholarship Commons, a significantly enhanced Quaker & Special Collections; collaborative Group Study Rooms as well as quiet, group and individual research and study spaces. The cafe will be a welcome addition for the many students who spend countless hours working in the library. 

We are pursuing sustainability standards that align with LEED Gold to reflect the College’s commitment to sustainability.

Please contact Terry Snyder or Norm Medeiros with any questions.


The Carvill Arch will remain where it is currently situated and will be a focal point in the view from the new Quaker and Special Collections reading room window, as well as from the events terrace.

The Philips Wing (including the loft), the 1898 addition (the current reference and reading room), and the 1912 addition (the current Quaker & Special Collections) will remain. The 1898 building will be renamed the Magill Wing to honor our heritage. Some elements of the 1967 addition will remain, but by and large the 1941 structural stacks and a major portion of the 1967 building will be demolished and replaced with a new addition. The Rufus Jones Room will also remain, and will house the circulating Quaker fiction.


Ceiling tiles are being installed on Level 0; the brick arrived in the United States and through customs, and will arrive on campus early next week; Level 0 is painted and Level 1 is primed; some of the cafe windows,...

Concrete cleaning and sealing on Level 0 underway and will be done within the week; stone work and slating onsite work; zinc panels on the northern skylights under construction; skylight glass will be set next week; Level 0 ceiling tile drops have begun; walls are being hung on Level 1 and...

Drywall installation is complete on Level 0 and 80% complete on Level 1; duct and hydronic piping is underway; the laying of ceramic tile began and will continue through the following week.

You can view a time lapse video of progress made to...


Floor Plans