On Tuesday March 24th, the Class of 1945 Library celebrated the opening of The Library Commons, a transformational space to foster social interaction and unplanned collaborations.
Students, faculty, and staff quickly filled the room as they tried out the new furniture and the already popular hot beverage machine. The grand opening included entertainment by the Exeteras and DOS(e) as well as MARGIN, an installation by Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee. Attendees also had the opportunity to speak with the project architects from AnnBeha.
Located on the ground floor of the Academy Library, the new space is designed to be a comfortable, inviting, vibrant space with good lighting and plenty of power outlets. The space was planned to accommodate new furnishings that can be reconfigured into flexible arrangements for individual, as well as group use. Included in the design are a new Harkness classroom, shelving for current newspapers and magazines, and a café area.