Ox­ford to cel­e­brate new li­brary, aca­demic com­mons

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Ox­ford Col­lege will hold an open house for its new li­brary and aca­demic com­mons next Satur­day, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. to for­mally cel­e­brate the end of a year­long con­struc­tion pro­ject.

The new li­brary is nearly one-third larger than the for­mer fa­cil­ity, which was com­pleted in 1970.

The new fa­cil­ity was de­signed by ar­chi­tec­tural firm Collins Cooper Carusi.

The con­struc­tion firm for the pro­ject was Bras­field & Gor­rie.

Over the course of con­struc­tion, the orig­i­nal two-story struc­ture was com­pletely gut­ted and 10,000 square feet added to the front, or east side, of the struc­ture.

With this ad­di­tion, the li­brary more closely ad­dresses the col­lege quad.

Both the de­sign and fin­ishes of the ex­te­rior were se­lected to co-ex­ist aes­thet­i­cally with the two his­toric struc­tures on ei­ther side: Phi Gamma Hall on the north side, built in 1851, and the Ox­ford Col­lege Chapel on the south side,

built in 1875. In­te­rior spa­ces

On the first floor, in ad­di­tion to the aca­demic com­mons, are a spe­cial-col­lec­tions read­ing room, a café and vend­ing area, ex­hibit gallery, two re­search con­sul­ta­tion rooms, and a cater­ing kitchen to sup­port re­cep­tions and other col­lege func­tions.

On the north side of the first floor is the en­trance to a pa­tio de­signed to serve as an out­door class­room or as ad­di­tional seat­ing and study space.

The sec­ond floor fea­tures a spa­cious bal­cony with seat­ing, over­look­ing the aca­demic com­mons on the floor be­low.

On this level are also two large, flex­i­ble, and tech­nol- ogy-en­riched class­rooms; five tu­tor-sup­port rooms and four group-study rooms with large-screen dis­plays and lap­top con­nec­tions.

The group-study rooms in­clude PC work­sta­tions.

Both lev­els in­clude seat­ing and study ar­eas with large win­dows that pro­vide nat­u­ral light and wide views of the col­lege’s woods to the west of the build­ing.

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