Not your father’s library

Gary Price writes:

Walk onto any of the expansive levels of the new Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, and crystal clear views of the Valparaiso University campus can be seen through walls of windows.

Freshly delivered furniture is stored at the edge of rooms, empty shelves wait for books and construction tools still occupy some almost-finished spaces. A lot of work must be done by the August opening, but it’s already evident that the library of the future is a far cry from VU’s library of the past.

Students and faculty, who have been daily spectators of the library’s progress, are buzzing with excitement. They know the impressive $33 million structure marks a new era at VU.

“I think it will definitely serve as the hub of intellectual life on campus. It is designed to be friendly and inviting. That’s what you need for this kind of center of learning,” said David Rowland, dean of graduate studies and continuing education, who recently toured the Christopher Center.”

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