The name on the front of our newly renovated library portion of the Harry Jack Gray Center will soon simply be Harrison Libraries. On May 5, new signage was unveiled with the name Harrison University Libraries in deference to the building’s former name, University Libraries. However, subsequent discussions between the generous donors whose multimillion-dollar gift called for the libraries to be renamed for President Harrison, President Emeritus Harrison himself, and University officials have resulted in the shorter name now being the official name—Harrison Libraries. New signage will be installed next month.
Please review all University publications and websites to ensure that you are using the new updated name.
President Harrison retired on June 30, after 19 years leading the University. The library renovation project added a three-story, 9,300-square-foot addition on the north side of the library building, with floor-to-ceiling windows on each level providing scenic views of the Park River. The renovation also allowed the University’s Mortensen and Allen libraries to be housed in one building.
Allen Library, which houses music and dance materials and supports Hartt School programs, is now located in a new, 6,475-square-foot space on the lower level of the library building. It was formerly located on the top floor of the east wing of the Harry Jack Gray Center.
The renovated main level of the library houses a “learning commons” with technology-rich academic study spaces and a new resource desk. The upper level of the addition features balconies that look out over the learning commons.