The Carnegie Library, located in the Carnegie Building, was named for donor Andrew Carnegie, who provided $150,000 in funding for its construction. Carnegie Library opened in 1907 with a collection of 71,000 volumes and was the main campus library until the opening of Bird Library in 1972.
Sitting on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle (the Quad) of the SU campus, Carnegie Library commands not only a physical place of historic prominence on the SU campus but also it is an enduring symbol of SU excellence in the hearts of alums, students and faculty for over six decades. To this day Carnegie Library is “the” SU library for a majority of our SU alumni.
Carnegie has undergone renovation to restore and revitalize its grand reading room. The refurbished Carnegie Library Reading Room and adjacent Libraries’ service point on the second floor reopened on Monday, January 13, 2014. The main entrance to the Carnegie Library--through the front stairs and doors--reopened for the first time since the mid-1970s.
The 144-seat reading room provides space for individual silent study, wireless service, and power for laptops and other devices at every table. The reading room, including the lounge area at the north end, has been designated for silent study—a return to its original purpose--in response to faculty and student requests. In addition, the library service point has been moved to the second floor, and new elevator, and computer cluster installed.
The project has been managed by the Syracuse University Libraries and the University’s Office of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction.
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