With renovations complete, W&J rededicates College library

This spring, the College’s library underwent exterior renovations to match the updated interior that was completed in Fall 2018. As with many capital projects, the improvements came at no cost to W&J students. The library renovation was supported by Richard ’68 and Angela Clark, with contributions from other generous donors to the College.

A dedication ceremony was held May 16, 2019 to celebrate the completion of all restorations to the Library and unveil the facility’s new name: the Clark Family Library.

Faculty, staff, and students are benefiting greatly from the upgrades, many of which were included as a direct response to student requests made in surveys from 2013 and 2017.

The main floor information commons offers multiple spaces for collaborative research and study, including several conference-style study rooms for student use equipped with wall-mounted monitors that can connect to students’ personal computers to facilitate group work. The main floor also features a new digital classroom, user services desk, and gathering spaces to read and socialize.

The lower level also includes new study spaces, as well as expanded areas and resources for The Learned T. Bulman ’48 Historic Archives and Museum, which is frequently consulted by local historians, genealogists, and general researchers from across the United States, in addition to daily use by the College community.

Students enter the building through the new portico, and an outdoor seating area was added where they can study or relax.

The dedication ceremony included the name unveiling, as well as the dedication of the David L. White ’76 Classroom, and tours of the library.