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.

Preservation

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.

Updates

Following the Topping out ceremony on November 16, the roofing deck was installed.  Lighting and masonry mock-ups were assembled for review by the design team. Invitations for furniture bids are out to vendors and sample reading room tables have been constructed for review. The planning for...

Topping beams delivered to Founders Great Hall lobby for community signatures. More wall work completed and steel was set for the skylights. Two community tours offered.

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Walls studs are in place; Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing rough in work continues; the rail system for the compact stacks are installed. We will have timber beams delivered to Founders Hall, just outside the Great Hall, next week for signatures in advance of our Topping Out Ceremony on...


Timeline


Floor Plans