New Study and Research Spaces Open in Olin Library

Risa's Landing

Risa’s Landing is on Level 2 of Olin Library

As part of the Olin Library Transformation project, visitors to John M. Olin Library can now use two new study spaces. The new Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration features the collaborative study space Risa’s Landing on Level 2 and the quiet study space in the Sky Room on Level 3. The exterior of the tower, which spans four stories through the recently opened Whispers Café, displays artwork from the Libraries’ Special Collections, including images from University Archives, Rare Books and the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library.

The Sky Room on Level 3 of Olin Library

The Sky Room is on Level 3 of Olin Library

The library also has improved building access with the renovated south entrance, the new north entrance, and the east entrance through Whispers Café, which take advantage of Olin Library’s centrality on the Danforth Campus.

The library will roll out more research spaces and resources throughout the spring. Features include:

Thomas Gallery: The gallery by the main pathway of Level 1 will feature a variety of rotating exhibits from the Libraries’ vast and distinct special collections.

Declaration of Independence: The Libraries’ rare copy of the Declaration of Independence will go on display in May in a climate-controlled chamber in the Thomas Gallery.

Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration:  The Newman Exploration Center is located at the base of the tower on Level A and is designed to celebrate exploration and research. Level 1 will feature a variety of unique exhibitions.

Instruction Rooms 1, 2 and 3: New and improved library instructional spaces on Level A are suited to a variety of teaching and learning styles.

A/V Studio: The studio on Level A supports audio and video recording, photo shoots and e-learning activities.

Research Studio: Located on Level A, the studio has computing stations with specialized software optimized for group and individual work involving large data sets and mapping data.

Data and Visual Exploration(DaVE): In this Level A space, users can facilitate data visualization and exploration in virtual reality and augmented reality environments.

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