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Grand Valley welcomes all to new library Open House

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Posted on September 05, 2013

A Community Open House of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons is planned to showcase the newest facility at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus.

Already gaining national recognition as an innovative model for 21st Century learning, the new library will be open to the public on Saturday, September 7 from 1-5 p.m.

This family-friendly event will include self-guided tours in the library, a jazz musician, magic shows, a scavenger hunt and refreshments.

“Librarians from other universities across the state have said we have the best academic library in the country,” said University Libraries Dean Lee Van Orsdel. “National recognition is mounting because the facility is clearly about the students and how Grand Valley can help them build the skills they need to flourish while they’re here and long after they have gone out into the world to make it a better place.”

The Mary Idema Pew Library is located at the intersection of Campus Drive and West Campus Drive near the Cook Carillon Tower. GVSU Route 50 Campus Connector bus service has been extended to run every 15-20 minutes between noon and 6 p.m. on September 7.

For more information, including parking and directions, visit:  

Library visitors can stay on campus for the GVSU football season opener at 7 p.m. against Azusa Pacific. Football ticket information can be found at


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