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New Learning Demands New Spaces

Rendering of the exterior view of the renovated and expanded University Libraries

Expanding the intellectual and cultural heart of the University

The Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation project is comprised of three essential components: an addition to the back of the Harrison Libraries building, renovated space in the Mortensen Library, and a new space for the Allen Library. 

Rendering of the view to the balconies in the renovated library space.

The Mortensen Library renovation features flexible spaces that accommodate emerging learning styles and facilitate collaboration. The improvements give users more access to a wider variety of media, and connect students with the learning materials relevant to their studies. 

Rendering of the view from the balconies in the renovated Mortensen Library.

New furnishings, substantial increase in seating, spaces for group study, and a wall of windows looking out into our natural surroundings add to the comfortable aesthetics.

Rendering of the new Allen Library space.

The Allen Library (a music/dance library) has moved to a newly renovated space located on the garden level of the Harrison Libraries building. It is a “library within a library,” with its own walls and entrance, and is similar in size and functionality to the previous Allen Library space. It continues to serve as a learning hub and intellectual center for the Hartt School, and its services, collections, and facilities will remain open to the entire University community. 

Allen users  still have one-stop access to Allen’s collections, services, and research and technical assistance. The new Allen Library provides larger seminar space, larger (and better soundproofed) listening rooms, equipment, areas for collaborative work, and study space.

Check out the floor plan for the new Allen Library space. Download a PDF here.