Creating an Information Commons:
Washington and Jefferson College
Founded in 1781 as two separate schools, Washington and Jefferson College (W&J), the 11th-oldest liberal arts college in the country, provides postsecondary education to more than 1,300 undergraduates. W&J President Dr. Tori Haring-Smith has been instrumental in increasing student enrollment, educational initiatives, and campus facilities, and under her leadership, W&J launched a $100 million campaign, $30 million of which is committed to improving living and learning spaces on the historic campus. A major overhaul of the U. Miller Grant Library is a priority of the campaign.
To fully meet the needs and expectations of today’s students, W&J is converting the library to an information commons, allowing 24/7 access to digital materials and support services, and offering collaborative work spaces, flexible learning environments, and food and drink.
A Foundation grant of $2 million will support a floor-by-floor revamping of the library’s interior space to create state-of-the-art study spaces, increase interactions between librarians and students, allow natural light to enter the library, and address energy efficiency and ADA compliance issues.