May 26, 2022

A Revitalized Cabot Science Library Reopens at Harvard University

From the Harvard Gazette:

Seamlessly blending diner-style study booths, flat-screen TVs, multiple social collaboration spaces, and a new “Discovery Bar” with the traditional stacks of books familiar in any library setting, the renewed Cabot Science Library opens today with a range of welcoming amenities and resources for the Harvard community.


“Cabot Library is positioned to be at the forefront of science libraries,” said Sarah E. Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for FAS. “It is designed to inspire the students, faculty, and staff of Harvard University to experiment, collaborate, and share new ideas.”

Aligned with the goals of Harvard’s Common Spaces initiative, the library combines traditional library features — books, computers, and quiet common areas — “with flexible spaces and creative services to transform the way in which the library meets the evolving needs of science and engineering research and education,” said Thomas.


Designed by Mack Scogin, Kajima Professor in Practice of Architecture and former chairman of the Harvard Department of Architecture, and his partner, Merrill Elam, many of the walls and surfaces are white or glass. Added pops of color in the furnishings throughout lend the streamlined space a liveliness that gives students and scholars a vibrant setting for study and play.

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See Also: Background: A Revitalized Science Center (November 5, 2015)

See Also: Cabot Library Webpage

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