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Mary Idema Pew Library named landmark library

Posted on October 03, 2016

Praised for setting the standard for both new construction and renovations, the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons has been named one of only five "2016 New Landmark Libraries" in the U.S. by Library Journal.

Lee Van Orsdel, dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley, said the Mary Idema Pew Library was applauded for its student-centered focus, strong partnerships with other academic units, flexibility of design, sustainable features, and its success as a learning environment that "supports the whole student through the academic journey."

The facility received acclaim for its User Experience Team, which is made up of primarily students who conduct research into measuring and improving the student experience within the library. Also noted were the information kiosks on each floor that update in real time to help students identify open study rooms, find quiet spaces and open computers.

"Pew Library is radically student-centered in design, furnishings, policy and programs," said Van Orsdel. "In creating it, we pushed every boundary, questioned every common assumption, and took many risks, all in an effort to create a dynamic, multi-dimensional learning environment for our students."

More information about the award and criteria is available in the October issue of the publication.