Connecticut College Magazine · Summer 2013

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$7.5 million renovation will transform Shain library

$7.5 million renovation will transform Shain library
A rendering by Schwartz/Silver Architects gives a sense of the changes envisioned for Shain Library.

At its meeting in May, the Board of Trustees approved a $7.5 million renovation and expansion of Charles E. Shain Library that will provide more individual and collaborative study spaces, transform the entry and supply more natural light in study areas.

The renovation will add more than 100 new seats to the building, quadrupling the number of collaborative study areas currently available. A new technology commons located on the lower level will provide flexible individual and group areas with access to instructional technologies. An expanded Blue Camel Café will be moved to the main floor and become a 24-hour study space. The library also will house the new Academic Resource Center. (See related story at right.)

Construction is expected to begin by summer 2014. Staff are working on plans to ensure that library and information services will be provided with limited interruption during the year of construction.

Shain Library was built in 1976 and dedicated at a ceremony featuring author Kurt Vonnegut as the keynote speaker. The renovation will be the final building project of the $200 million Campaign for Connecticut College.


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