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The Library of Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free - $45.00

The objective for the Douglas D. Schumann Library+Learning Commons was to transform the existing midcentury library into a 21st century Library and Learning Commons. The library sits within a 6 story 1967 conventional cast in place waffle slab building and includes the middle two levels. The voluminous 3 story “Living Room” intuitively allows for instantaneous understanding of the library’s organization while providing expansive views to the exterior campus and allowing daylight to penetrate deep inside.

As part of its first significant renovation in 50 years, the library reduced its print collection by 60% and increased its online portfolio; that, coupled with motorized compact shelving systems, allowed for more space for smart redistribution of collaborative spaces. The new design includes a variety of seating for 550 patrons: in technology-rich team rooms, tech sandbox, quiet reading room, idea hub, student gallery, café and more.

Please join us as our project panel talks about the challenges and successes they faced with this project. The discussion will be followed by tours of the new library commons.

Learning Objectives:
–Discuss the idea of the library, and the changes it has faced over the decades.
–Understand the new technology available for a modern library, and how being an institute of technology has affected that.
–Learn more about the flexible space options with raised flooring and furniture to achieve higher density and increased usability.

Core Competencies Addressed:
Human Factors
Project Management

Parking & Transportation
MBTA service on the E Line to the Museum of Fine Arts stop.
Parking is available in the Parker Street Lot – Entrance on Halleck Street

Cancellation Policy
If you won’t be able to make the event, please cancel your registration no less than 24 hours prior to the event to avoid a no show fee.


February 28
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free - $45.00
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Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Avenue Beatty 426
Boston, MA 02115 United States


IFMA Boston