The Library Through the Years
The first library on Northeastern's campus resided in the Huntington Avenue YMCA. Here, students study independently and silently at long wooden tables surrounded by wooden bookshelves.
Students gather around a sign denoting the site for the next library in Dodge Hall.
A woman checks out books from the Dodge Library circulation desk. A third woman can be seen working on a typewriter behind the desk.
Students study in the Dodge Library Reading Room. Shhh! No talking!
Two students exit Dodge Library during the holiday season. To this day, Northeastern dons the front of Dodge Hall with two wreaths around the entrance in December.
The new Library-Resource Center, designed by the Cambridge-based firm The Architect's Collaborative began construction in 1988. Construction was funded by the University's capital campaign, The Century Fund-Phase II, which anticipated completion for the new library in 1990.
Students and staff use relocation bins to move books, supplies, and other materials from Dodge Library into the brand new Snell Library.
Dr. George and Mrs. Lorraine Snell at the dedication of Snell Library. Dr. Snell graduated from Northeastern University in 1941 cum laude with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.
Librarian Jamie Dendy shows onlookers a new computer during Snell Library's dedication ceremony.
From the beginning, Snell Library's front porch served as a central meeting spot for students on campus.
“Our task is to create a literate society, helping our clients recognize when they need information, and then imparting the skills for them to find, evaluate and use that information. These are lifelong skills used for class work, advanced research and understanding a family member’s medical problem. The resources and environments we’ve created for this work are both dynamic and worth celebrating here, especially in this space today.” - David S. Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States and Northeastern Alumnus at Snell Library's 20th Anniversary.
Featured here (left to right): Nancy J. Caruso, BA'52, MEd'56, H'00; Provost Stephen Director; David S. Ferriero, LA'72, MA'76; Will Wakeling, Dean, University Libraries; President Joseph E. Aoun.
A group of students collaborate around a media:scape, one of four which were added to Snell Library's first floor in 2011. Media:scapes allow students to plug in up to four laptops and rotate the display on the large, central monitor, making it easy to view and edit as a group. The installation was a huge success and very popular with students. Feedback from users helped formulate decisions for what was to come in the summer of 2012.
The Digital Media Commons opens to students for the fall semester. Introducing a completely renovated second floor of Snell Library including flexible workspaces, dual monitor iMac and PC stations, group study rooms, semi-enclosed presentation space, technical and research assistance, and a room with a 130 degree screen and four source projection.
For more information visit the DMC online.