Event Details

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Campus Drive
Allendale, Michigan

You, your family, and friends won’t want to miss the opportunity to tour the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. Located in the heart of Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus, this spectacular new facility is already receiving national recognition as an innovative model for 21st Century learning. The library will be open to the public on Saturday afternoon, September 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. Please join us for self-guided tours and interactive activities for all ages.

You may also want to plan to stay on campus for the GVSU football season opener at 7 pm against Azusa Pacific. Football ticket information can be found at Get your Laker gear at the University Bookstore which is located in the Kirkhof Center adjacent to the Mary Idema Pew Library.

Directions and Parking

The Mary Idema Pew Library is located at the intersection of Campus Drive and West Campus Drive near the Cook Carillon Tower.

Parking Map

For more information about the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons visit We look forward to welcoming you to view and experience our newest facility!

The Mary Idema Pew Library is the intellectual heart of campus and is receiving national recognition as a model for 21st century learning.

Project Highlights

  • With more than 150,300 square feet of space, the Mary Idema Pew Library is more than double the size of the former James H. Zumberge Library and has triple the seating capacity.
  • The library is a learning laboratory where students can collaborate, get help with research or writing assignments, practice public speaking, or develop digital projects — skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
  • Approximately one-third of the library space is quiet and contemplative; the remainder invites conversation and offers collaborative workspaces to support the way students learn today and to prepare them for tomorrow’s team-oriented work environments.
  • The library has capacity for 150,000 books on open shelves and another 600,000 in an automated storage retrieval system.
  • In a survey, more than 90 percent of Grand Valley students said that they would use the expert help available at the knowledge marketplace, including research, technology, and presentation coaching.
  • The building features an innovation zone where each element in the space — tables, seating, equipment, and objects that stimulate creativity — has been chosen to nurture student innovation.
  • The building showcases Grand Valley’s commitment to sustainable progress. As will all new construction on campus, the Mary Idema Pew Library was constructed to meet or exceed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
“Most importantly, this building is the place we wanted for our students—a place that stirs the spirit, stimulates the intellect, supports learning, invites engagement, and accommodates their need for comfort and community.”
- Lee VanOrsdel, Dean of University Libraries

Thank You!

This project would not have been possible without the generosity of more than 1,400 donors. Their names will be displayed on a donor wall in the north entry and an alumni donor wall at the atrium level.

For more information about the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, please visit

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