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Typology of a Library

In this adaptation of his architecture lecture “Chalices of Words and Light,” Micheal Lewis, the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History, takes us on a visual tour of the four freestanding libraries on campus—including a new one set to open in the fall—that span two centuries of evolution at the college.

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Scholar’s Rock

A recent gift to the college of a Zhan Wang sculpture will bring the ancient Chinese tradition of “scholar’s rocks” to the 21st century—and to Williams’ new library.

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Defining Space

Our “people space” will achieve an outdoor, public square feel, through its airiness and clever repurposing of a historic exterior wall. It will become a place of interaction, gathering, and togetherness.

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Building Community

The new Sawyer will bring together a number of different departments under one roof, as the Chapin Library, College Archives, and OIT’s Center for Educational Technology will all share the space, along with the general library collections and staff. The result will be a much more interconnected, interpersonal learning experience for students.

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