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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

...and Beyond -- Goucher College's Athenaeum

When I worked in Providence a while back, the Athenaeum on Benefit St. was a favorite place to spend a quiet hour or two, browsing the stacks or looking up a title in the half-high card catalog, some of the cards hand-written by calligraphic angels.

A new Athenaeum at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) opened last September in a beautiful new building that should be on your list of site visits if you are anywhere near the east coast. In what is fast becoming a model of new academic facilities, the Athenaeum is a library, information commons, art gallery, public forum in a three-story atrium, radio station, restaurant, meeting rooms. Even an exercise area overlooking the atrium. And it's open all the time.

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