Library Re-imagined | Learning Transformed









On September 30, 2010, our neighbor,  Seattle University dedicated the opening of their Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. This major, 36 million dollar building project has been ongoing for the last two years.  With celebration and blessings the library was dedicated and opened for business.  I was able to catch the tail end of the celebration and take a tour through the new six-story library and learning commons.

It was very satisfying to see the physical embodiment of a learning commons. This is the re-imagined library space of the future.  The library of the future will de-emphasize books and indeed the Lemieux Library has reserved less than 25% of their space for physical collections. The remainder of the space included: an online research and computer lab, a writing center and learning assistance programs, a math lab, many small group instructional rooms and group study rooms, enclosed individual private study rooms, a Digital Media and Technology Center, a Media Production Center, a Student Lounge, Administrative offices, faculty lounge, reading rooms, and art displays.  Only two blocks from our Art Center, you can easily take a tour and see for yourself.

A slide show of the celebration can be found here:


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