While it’s hard not to be able to immediately share the renovated library with visitors, completing construction during the pandemic is still a milestone, said Tom Hyry, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library.
“The completion of the Houghton renovation represents a positive development during challenging times,” Hyry said. “The pandemic and the movement for racial justice have reinforced the direction the library is moving; to become a more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible institution in our collections, services, and programs, in addition to our building.”
Hyry said the pandemic provided an opportunity and imperative to enhance digital resources and virtual services, and library staff are eager to build on that.
“We’re excited to combine what we’ve learned in providing remote services and programs with a more modern physical environment when the library building reopens,” he said.
He added that he expects this combination “will lead to major improvements in our overall support for teaching, research, and community enrichment.”