May 16, 2022

Lilly Endowment Announces $40M Cash Grant to Purdue Univ, Includes Money For Purdue Libraries

From the The Lafayette Journal & Courier:

Lilly Endowment Inc. announced Wednesday a $40 million grant to support five projects in the Purdue University Colleges of Engineering and Technology and Purdue Libraries.


The grant is the largest cash donation in Purdue history.

Money For Purdue Libraries

$5 million for the Active Learning Center, a facility that will fuse classrooms, libraries, and study and collaboration areas into one adaptable space. The facility will consist of 38,000 square feet of study space and 59,000 square feet of classroom space.

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Additional Details From Purdue University

The Active Learning Center, under construction in the heart of campus at the former site of the Engineering Administration Building and the North Power Plant, will blend and integrate centrally scheduled active-learning classrooms, library/information services, formal study spaces, collaborative work areas and informal learning spaces. During the class day, 40 percent of the center will be library/study spaces. During the evening and throughout the night, the study space will expand to nearly the entire building. Inside the center, six libraries currently located at various points on campus will come together to form the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Library of Engineering and Science. Students will be able to tailor spaces to their own needs, pursuing information on their own or meeting in discussion and study groups.

“The Active Learning Center will enable the growth of an innovative and successful teaching/learning methodology, that is, the individual learning by and through team collaboration in a facility that supports learning taking place seamlessly between the classroom and library spaces,” Purdue Libraries Dean James L. Mullins said.

Read the Complete Purdue Announcement (Incl. Video)

Additional Info About Active Learning Center (via Purdue Libraries)

See Also: Purdue Active Learning Center Library To Bear Brothers’ Names (via Purdue Libraries; May 16, 2014)

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