The New Library Building

Donald F. Cameron
2012 The Journal of the Rutgers University Library  
T HE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS for the Friends of the Library is that the second part of the appropriation for the new Library building has been recommended by the Governor, and the Appropriations Committee. It has been approved by the Senate and the House. As a result Rutgers is going to have a new building for its Library which we hope will be completed by the Fall of 19 55 or shortly thereafter. The plans for the new Library have been under discussion for a matter of fifteen years; although it was
more » ... rs; although it was not until seven years ago that active work began. The objectives, in terms of size, are already fairly well known. It is to have an ultimate capacity of a million and a half volumes, seating capacity for twelve hundred students, and work space for some sixty people. According to our best estimates, facilities on this scale will solve the library problem at the Colleges for Men for many years to come. In 1944 Rutgers joined a group of colleges which were interested in new library construction, and from time to time-at about sixmonth intervals-the architects and librarians representing as many as twenty colleges have been meeting to discuss common problems. During this time a number of new libraries have been erected. In particular new buildings of great size have appeared at Princeton, Harvard, M.I.T., the University of Iowa, and another is to be opened next fall at the University of Wisconsin. The librarians and architects representing these institutions have been members of the group. As a result Rutgers has been fortunate enough to profit by the dis-
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