The formal dedication took place last night.
The library [Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons] has triple the seating of the old building, space for 150,000 books on open shelves, and 600,000 library items in an automated retrieval system.
The formal dedication of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, September 3 at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus, was attended by many of the 1,400 donors who helped to raise more than $20 million for the $65 million library. Since the start of construction in May 2011, there has been much anticipation for its completion.
University Library Dean Lee Van Orsdel was honored with a special plaque that recognizes her visionary leadership and will be installed within the library. The dean spoke about the many visitors to the new library since it opened to students 10 weeks ago.
“Librarians from other universities across the state have said we have the best academic library in the country,” she said. “High school academic counselors have said we got it absolutely right. That our library is a world class facility that will attract gifted and affluent students to Grand Valley.” Van Orsdel said that national recognition is mounting because the facility is clearly about the students and how Grand Valley can help them build the skills they need to flourish while they’re here and long after they have gone out into the world to make it a better place.