Library Construction News

Photovoltaic Panels

In another step toward sustainability for the campus and new Sawyer Library, a major project to add photovoltaic panels (PV)to the roof of the new library is now underway. This major installation will generate approximately 60 kw of power in Williams most recent addition to our alternative energy portfolio. The panels and related equipment arrived

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Demolition Proceeding

For the past several months, the removal of furniture and then recyclable items have been underway. The final stages of removal are underway prior to the demolition of old Sawyer following Commencement. Here are a few recent images of the building. Interior pics of book stacks areas upstairs: The old Circulation Desk area and old

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Final Exams!

This is our first Final Exam period in the new library.  As we expected both libraries have been packed with students.  A few photos from Sawyer Library follow.  Good luck to our students busy preparing for final exams and writing final papers.  Exams begin tomorrow, December 10.  And to the faculty who will be reading

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Reading Period, 2014

Students are in Sawyer Library in great numbers on Tuesday afternoon of the first Reading Period during which the building has been open. The building is busy AND quiet…

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Like a Duck to Water

Students embraced all areas of the new library and are making it their own. A wide variety of seating and spaces are already popular even though the semester is less than a week old.

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Portraits Return

While the process of acclimating to the new library continues, the latest sign of progress is the reappearance of the portraits of the two namesakes of the building.  The portrait of Francis Lynde Stetson, Williams Class of 1867, for whom Stetson Hall was named was rehung in the historic reading room last week. The portrait

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Sawyer Library OPENS!

After three years of construction following several years of planning, the new Sawyer Library opened at 8:00 AM this morning. Library student worker Gordon Wilford got up an hour early to be the first person to check out a book (this reenactment occurred later in the day). Faculty also got in on the action Other

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600 Pounds (or more) of Books

Little know fact: one of the special book trucks used by National Library Relocations staff can hold between 600 and 1000(!) pounds of books. The crew from NLR has been doing great work for these past three weeks. Over 75% of the collection has been packed and a good portion of those items are now

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Filling the Shelves

A crew of some two dozen workers from National Library Relocations has been working for two weeks moving shelves and then books, DVD’s, CD’s and current journal issues into the new library. The building is looking more and more like a library every day. The move will continue for approximately two additional weeks. Current periodical

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Walk around the exterior

Landscaping is nearly complete.  Here are a clockwise set of views starting with the south side of historic Stetson Hall.

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