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Loker Reading Room Re-Opens

Early in May, the second floor of Widener Library opened. With its grand architectural features and finishes restored and the space aligned so that busy, noisy interactive services are separated from the quiet space of the reading room, the second floor is both elegant and functional. Both ends of the Loker Reading Room, which previously housed the reference desk and staff work areas, have been reclaimed for reading room space and now feature soft seating and individual study areas. All of Reference Services is housed in adjacent Room 230. Research Services staff, who provide instruction and research assistance, occupy two rooms: Research Services East, Room 240; and Research Services West, Room 220.

Another important area that opened in May is the Stacks Reading Room, a mirror likeness of the Phillips Reading Room, located on the west side of the library and built in the reclaimed light court. Accessible from the stacks via Level 3 West, the room provides open study space and houses the National Union Catalog. The Memorial Room level, which includes the rotunda and the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Room, has been turned over to construction. This final phase of the project is scheduled for completion in mid-July.

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