This is a special week for The Ohio State University Libraries. Ten years ago, we officially dedicated the newly renovated William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. The three-year, $109 million renovation returned Thompson Library to its previous grandeur, restoring the windows and ceilings in the Grand Reading Room, creating light-filled atriums that showcase the collections housed in the book stacks from both east and west, and adding the Buckeye Reading Room, the Campus Reading Room, group study rooms and other inviting, user-focused spaces.
The project was celebrated with awards and recognition from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, the American Institute of Architects, Library Journal and the American Library Association. Following the renovation, Thompson Library quickly resumed its place as the heart of campus – both physically and symbolically – counting more than 21.6 million visitors since its new doors opened in 2009.
Importantly, the renovation afforded an opportunity to reexamine what a modern library should look like. Not just physically, but in its mission and reach. And as active partners in several of Ohio State’s key strategic initiatives, including the University Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Affordable Learning Exchange to name just two, the University Libraries plays a vital role in enabling the university to live its values and meet the challenges core to its teaching, research and outreach missions.
We extend a sincere thank you to all those whose gifts, big and small, made the renovation possible and helped position us to become a national role model for academic research libraries.
Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries
Enjoy these photos documenting the renovation and re-dedication…