LMU Opens '21st Century Library' to the Community

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Officials at Loyola Marymount University will unveil the new William H. Hannon Library at a campus ceremony Sunday, Aug. 30, formally opening to the community the doors of the newest and most sophisticated library in Los Angeles.

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We have the latest technology, the most up-to-date design, event spaces, and room to grow our collections. Our students, our faculty, and the community will all benefit from this library.

Los Angeles -- Officials at Loyola Marymount University will unveil the new William H. Hannon Library at a campus ceremony Sunday, Aug. 30, formally opening to the community the doors of the newest and most sophisticated library in Los Angeles.

The new facility brings the latest in technology and design to the lush LMU campus, melding old and new architectural styles with the traditions represented at LMU.

"While melding with the more traditional buildings on our campus, the William H. Hannon Library also looks to the future," said Robert B. Lawton, S.J., president of the university. "It will be the intellectual hub of our campus, and a place for the community to come together in the pursuit of knowledge."

The library opening is the culmination of a $63 million project, $56 million of which was raised from private sources, starting with a pair of gifts from the William H. Hannon Foundation and the Bill Hannon Foundation. Planning and design for the new facility began in 2006, and construction was completed this July.

The new library includes three above-ground floors and a two-story basement for a total of 121,000 square feet of space, and capacity for a collection of more than 1 million volumes.

It also has more than 100 computer workstations, plus four classrooms and dozens of group study rooms, most of which are equipped with high-definition monitors for students working on collaborative projects. The traditional reference department has become the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Information Commons, where an information desk is staffed with librarians and IT professionals to help students and faculty get the most out of the available technology and print and electronic resources.

"This is the model of the 21st Century academic library," said Kristine Brancolini, LMU's dean of the library. "We have the latest technology, the most up-to-date design, event spaces, and room to grow our collections. Our students, our faculty, and the community will all benefit from this library."

Situated on the bluff between LMU's Jesuit Community and residence halls, the library features a view through its floor-to-ceiling windows that stretches from Playa del Rey to Downtown Los Angeles.

Designed by architecture firm AECOM, the building is expected to qualify for LEED certification. It includes numerous green features, such as the use of recycled building materials, drought-tolerant landscaping, and interior lighting that automatically dims in response to the sun's brightness.

The library will be open to the public during daytime hours, and residents of the Westchester (90045), Playa Vista (90094) and Playa del Rey (90293) neighborhoods may apply for a visitors card allowing them access after 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

About Loyola Marymount University
Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is a comprehensive university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Founded in 1911, LMU is the largest Catholic institution of higher education on the West Coast with nearly 5,500 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. Students can choose from more than 80 majors and programs in four colleges, two schools and Loyola Law School. For more LMU news and events, please visit http://www.lmu.edu/news.

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