Washington & Jefferson College dedicated the Clark Family Library, a new name for the newly renovated campus library on May 16, 2019.
Due to the generosity of alumni and other donors, the interior and exterior renovation were completed using no tuition dollars, and at no cost to students.
Faculty, staff, and students will benefit greatly from the upgrades, many of which were included as a direct response to student requests made in surveys from 2013 and 2017. Additionally, the library’s resources are open to members of the public who are conducting research.
The main floor information commons offers multiple spaces for collaborative research and study, including several conference-style study rooms for student use equipped with wall-mounted monitors that can connect to students’ personal computers to facilitate group work. The main floor also features a new digital classroom, user services desk, and gathering spaces to read and socialize.
The lower level also includes new study spaces, as well as expanded areas and resources for The Learned T. Bulman ’48 Historic Archives and Museum, which is frequently consulted by local historians, genealogists, and general researchers from across the United States, in addition to daily use by the College community. Additional improvements to facilities and technology enhance our ability to better serve persons with disabilities.
The library is renamed for W&J Board of Trustees member Richard T. Clark ’68 and his wife, Angela, whose donation made the upgrades possible.