The John M. Olin Library opened in 1962. It served the University community well for four decades before an ambitious renovation project began in May 2001. Some three years later, Olin Library is more than ever a focal point for the University community, attracting students, faculty, and other users with much improved physical spaces, more diverse and comfortable seating options, expanded wired and wireless network access, a new technology center (the Arc), the new Crossroads Café, and many other wonderful new features. The renovated Olin Library has turned years of dreaming and planning into a reality. And now it's time to celebrate!
ON MAY 7, 2004, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY WILL REDEDICATE OLIN LIBRARY. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 3:30 P.M ON THE PLAZA IN FRONT OF THE LIBRARY’S NEW ENTRANCE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE BUILDING.
The keynote speaker will be Neil Rudenstine, current head of ARTstor and president of Harvard University from 1991-2001. Other speakers include:
- Chancellor Mark Wrighton
- Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth
- Chairman, Washington University Board of Trustees John McDonnell
- Vice Chancellor and Dean of Arts & Sciences Ed Macias
- Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries Shirley Baker
- Professor Wayne Fields
The ceremony will include a dedication of a statue of President George Washington - for whom Washington University is named - which will stand on the plaza in front of the library.
An open house and tours of Olin Library will follow the ceremony. This event is open to the Washington University community and all other interested individuals.
If you plan to attend, please let us know by filling out the online reservation form or by calling Pam Dempski (314-935-7128) or emailing OlinLibraryDedication@wustl.edu. Any email should include your name and phone number.