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Mary Idema Pew Library Creating a Buzz


The Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons was recognized by the Library Journal for its unique architecture and was featured on the front cover in fall 2013. Deserving every bit of recognition it has received, Grand Valley’s new library has attracted attention nationwide for its brilliant architecture and student-centered design. The journal emphasized the innovative space of the new library and its variety of environments – from quiet, individual seating to large, open spaces for collaboration. The Mary Idema Pew Library is more than just a library, it’s academic, it’s social and it’s comfortable.

SHW Group, the architecture firm credited with the design of the new library, produced a video (shown above) highlighting the library’s unique features and modern design. The video emphasizes that there is something for everyone at the new library, making it a place where students want to live and call home. It is a place where students can study, meet with friends or just relax. This new landmark at Grand Valley shows the innovation and futuristic-thinking of the university.

To read more about the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information commons, visit You can also read the article from the Library Journal here.

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