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News from the Frances Loeb Library:
A Rededication and a New Endowment

The Frances Loeb Library of the Harvard Design School (GSD) was rededicated on Tuesday, November 21, in a ceremony celebrating the Library's recent renovations. GSD faculty, students, staff, alumni/ae, friends, and donors attended the rededication along with members of Harvard's library community and librarians from other design schools.

Architect Peter Darlow, of Darlow Christ Associates, created a design that is sensitive to Gund Hall's renowned aesthetic while enhancing its quality of light and feeling of open space. The Library's upper level is completely reorganized, providing expanded space for public services staff and creating sound barriers between staff areas and the reading room. Other features include new circulation and reference desks and custom-built computer workstations for library users. On the lower level, the Visual Resources area was redesigned, the Instructional Technology space enlarged, and the Technical Services area refurbished.

During the ceremony, Hugh Wilburn, Librarian and GSD Assistant Dean for Information Services, announced a campaign to endow a fund honoring Hinda F. Sklar, the Loeb's former Librarian. The campaign is a joint venture of the Council of Friends of the Frances Loeb Library and the GSD. Sklar, who was among the honored guests at the rededication, worked in Harvard libraries for twenty-seven years. She came to the Design School in 1975 as a cataloger, and within three years became head of technical services. She participated in the development of HOLLIS and guided the Loeb Library's contributions to it. Named Librarian in 1990, Sklar oversaw the establishment of a climate-controlled Special Collections department, the reorganization of Visual Resources, and the creation of a centralized public service area on the upper level.

At Sklar's request—to acknowledge increasing demands on Library resources—income from the Sklar Fund can support all library activities as needed. For further information on the Hinda F. Sklar Fund, contact Hugh Wilburn, Librarian, at 495-4010 or by email at

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