Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

The Birth of a 21st-Century Intellectual Commons

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library and Hillstrom Museum Renovation

When a student begins to argue with the findings of a scientific study or knows scholars on book shelves by their first names, a passion for inquiry is ignited. It’s a spark that grows by access to the latest research, digital and hardbound copies of books, and periodicals that only a library can provide.

Technology has changed over time. The way students learn has also changed, with more emphasis on collaboration and group dialogue. More than just a building, the Library has evolved into a circulatory system, reaching students in residence halls, academic labs, and on the other side of the globe.

Plans have been developed for a 21st-century intellectual learning commons that combines scholarly exploration, academic support, and technology. The renovation plans include construction of dynamic learning rooms to facilitate collaborative learning for students, a newly designed entrance, more natural light, and a gateway between the Sesquicentennial Plaza and the Johns Family Courtyard.

The Hillstrom Museum of Art will move from its current location to connect with the library and become a centerpiece of campus activity.

For more information on the library renovation, contact Jackie Peterson at

Entry Perspective Exterior Perspective Library Alcove Library interior Level Two Layout