Cornell Fine Arts Library Set to Expand With $6-Million Gift
From Cornell University:
The Fine Arts Library at Cornell will be expanded thanks to a $6-million gift from architect Mui Ho ’62, B. Arch ’66.
Though sketches of the planned expansion have not yet been drawn, the gift will transform the Fine Arts Library into a “state-of-the-art” research center, study space and archive of visual resources, according to Kent Kleinman, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
Ho and the College of Architecture, Art and Planning are united by a common mission: to preserve the Fine Arts Library as an archive of visual resources and physical books and materials, according to Kleinman.
“We believe that having physical books [is important] in many disciplines, including art, classics [and] anthropology, and we are dedicated to keeping physical books available to browse. Many people feel a deeper connection to physical materials, and the way things are presented can make a big difference,” Kleinman said.
While many libraries on campus are focusing on digitizing their collections, the Fine Arts Library will be maintained as an archive for physical books, according to Kleinman.
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