The New Pacific University Library
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SOME SEVEN YEARS IN THE MAKING, Pacific University’s new library opened in August to the campus and community. The project, which was jumpstarted by a generous bequest from Wyllis Johnson ’41, began with discussions and surveys with students, faculty, and staff to be sure a new building met constituent needs.
In preparation for the building, Old College Hall was relocated on July 27, 2003 to the front of campus facing College Way. A year later, on July 30, 2004, the groundbreaking celebration was held for the library. For the next year the University watched the building grow in the heart of campus. Fletcher Farr Ayotte PC was the architect with Lease Crutcher Lewis as the general contractor.
Today, Pacific University’s signature building from the Heart of Oak Campaign stands across from Trombley Square. From the light-infused lobby to soaring cathedral ceilings, the library’s design sets the tone for an inviting and relaxing place to study and learn.
Features of the 49,000 square foot learning center include a coffee bar in the lobby, a 24-hour-study center, a library instruction classroom, group study rooms with equipment for collaborative work and study, wired and wireless computer technology, an information commons, and a self-checkout system.
Visitors will also find cozy study nooks and awe-inspiring art work throughout the building. The second floor reading room features a fireplace and space for public gatherings and a conference room. Large picture windows provide expansive views of the campus.
The mixture of technology and aesthetics in Pacific’s building showcase the best of academic libraries in the 21st century.