A New Brochure on our Grand Design

A detail of the new brochure's cover.

As a special thank you, the Friends of the Academy Library recently received a new brochure on our magnificent building. In a letter to members, Robert N. Shapiro ’68, chair of the Friends, shared his thoughts on the new publication:

“[The brochure] features the story of the philosophy and design of the building, insights about the great architect Louis Kahn, explanations of the original construction and renovations over time, schematic diagrams and enthralling photos. The brochure meets a constant need, as visitors arrive from around the world to see the structure and understand its iconic power. Over a decade ago, in 1997, the building was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with its important Twenty-Five Year Award for the “enduring significance” of its design and its contribution “to American life and architecture” – if there were a thirty-five year award, it would be residing in Exeter as well, as would some day a fifty year award. I found that reading the brochure yielded fresh discoveries about the Academy and the design process that turned educational principles and aspirations into both an extraordinary structure and a vibrant home of thinking and learning.”

You can find out more about the Friends of the Academy Library on our main website.

To see this page from the new brochure, please click the image.

Summer Concert Series 2009

The Friends of the Academy Library kick off another summer of musical concerts, held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall. This year’s series consists of five free concerts, beginning at 7 p.m. The first is “An Evening with Paul Sullivan” on June 24th. Sullivan, a 1973 alumnus of the academy, is an accomplished pianist, composer, director, conductor and performer in jazz clubs, on- and off-Broadway theater, and in concert halls throughout the world.

All the concerts are open to the public.

You can see the entire series program below.

Summer Concerts 2009 Program

New Friends of the Library Brochure

Please click the image to see an inner page
Please click the image to see an inner page

A new brochure giving an overview of the library’s history, features, and mission, was published in May. Replacing one that was created over a decade ago, the new brochure features updated imagery and text, which better represents today’s academy library. Its creation was made possible by the Friends of the Academy Library, a group established in 1930 to help maintain the vitality of the Library.