Library Building Project

Lutnick Library exterior surrounded by trees and shrubs

Save the Date

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Celebration Highlights

1:00 p.m.

Dedication and ribbon cutting

1:30 p.m.

Open activities including:

  • Exploring a new exhibition of Incunabula (books printed before 1501)
  • Poster sessions by students on environmental studies
  • Digital Scholarship activities including engaging with JamBoards and other hands-on activities
  • Quaker & Special Collections new acquisition display
  • Printing a broadside or greeting card in the Conservation Lab
  • Explore digitization services
  • Learning about Research & Instruction program

3:00 p.m.

Dedication of the Rufus Jones portrait by the Rufus Jones Society

4:00 p.m.

Curatorial and Collector talks by Alex Stern '20 and David Wertheimer '77 on the Incunabula exhibition

There will be refreshments and some fun gifts for you to collect at the various information stations throughout Lutnick Library!

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. 

Please contact tsnyder [at] (Terry Snyder) or nmedeiro [at] (Norm Medeiros) with any questions.


interior photo of Lutnick Library's heritage wing

Lutnick Library was selected as one of 13 to be featured in American Libraries Magazine's 2020 Library Design Showcase!

Outdoor shot of Lutnick patio entrance.

Lutnick Library is now open!

screen shot of library construction video

The work is nearly finished!


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.