Gordon Library Turns 40
Prior to 1967, when the George C. Gordon Library opened its doors, WPI maintained branch libraries for each academic department and a general reference library, housed first in Boynton Hall, above (circa 1920), and later in Alden Memorial. But in 1964, WPI received a $5 million bequest from Ohio businessman and distinguished alumnus George Crompton Gordon (class of 1895). Today, the library boasts holdings of over 270,000 volumes of books and periodicals, access to over 70,000 electronic journals, books, and databases, and special collections of more than 2,000 linear feet and 4,000 volumes of archival materials and rare books. Since opening 40 years ago, new study and instructional facilities—including the multimedia Tech Suites, Movie Lab, and Anderson Instruction Labs—have been added. The library also hosts eight art and history exhibits a year in its two display areas, the Class of 1941 Gallery and the George Gladwin Art Gallery.
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