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Fenwick Renovation in Detail

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 3, 2016


Made possible by state funding, the new Fenwick Library was designed by Boston architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch and built by Whiting-Turner to LEED silver standards. The facility has greatly expanded services, learning spaces, and digital technology and resources for the Mason community, including:

  • An integrated, full-service information and assistance desk
  • A cafĂ© and 24/7 study area
  • Express check-out stations where students can scan their own items
  • Compact shelving, which allows for increased capacity for books and print materials
  • 30 new group study rooms equipped with white boards and monitors
  • A graduate student zone with assigned/lockable research carrels
  • MediaScape collaboration study rooms, which can allow up to four students to share their screen simultaneously
  • A number of seminar rooms and three technology-rich instructional rooms
  • A laptop dispenser where users can check out computers for use within the library
  • A state-of the-art Special Collections Research Center
  • Presentation practice rooms equipped with technology
  • A beautiful Main Reading Room with seating for 75
  • A Research Commons featuring programming and support for individual and collaborative projects
  • Two exhibition/gallery areas
  • Several meeting rooms and staff lounges

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