May 16, 2022

Academic Libraries: Barnard Revises Plans for Library

Note: For background on the following report see: “Plans for New Barnard Library Prove Divisive” (by Lisa Peet; Library Journal, Jan. 22, 2015)

From the Columbia (University) Spectator:

Barnard administrators presented revised plans for the college’s new Teaching and Learning Center on Monday, which included an increased focus on space for the library compared to original plans. The revisions came after Barnard faculty and library staff raised significant concerns about the plans last semester.


The changes address several concerns expressed by faculty and staff about the original plans in December, particularly regarding the reduced size of the library and a perceived lack of attention to the building’s purpose as an academic center. Many claimed that the administration did not sufficiently include faculty and staff during the decision-making process about the building.

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