Dinand Reading Room
Scholarly and inspiring, Dinand Library’s Main Reading Room is a favorite and treasured place on campus. Constructed in the 1920s, the room’s soaring ceiling is sectioned in a grid-like pattern and embellished with gold, painted trim and carvings along the top of the interior walls. Large candelabra are suspended from the ceiling, and Ionic columns—echoing those on the Library’s exterior—anchor three sides of the room. The Reading Room offers quiet, comfortable areas for studying and research, along with advanced technology including public computers and wireless capability for laptop use. The main reference collection (dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies) is located here, as well as the on-line catalog, on-line databases, and a staffed reference desk. The Library’s Archives maintains several exhibition tables in the space, and a frequently-changing collection of photographs, documents and artifacts reveal the College’s rich history. The Reading Room is also the scene of important College gatherings, including the President’s Reception during Family Weekend, Presidential Awards Ceremony, and first-year orientation presentations.