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George C. Gordon Library

WPI Gordon Library

100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609

The George C. Gordon Library was completed in 1967, using a major portion of a $5 million bequest from George Gordon, a Cleveland industrialist and member of the WPI Class of 1895. The building was designed to sit on a steep hillside and features four floors of resources and high-tech facilities, including audio-visual work stations, tech suites for group meetings, an art gallery, and a café. The library provides access to a quarter million print volumes, more than one million ebooks, over 75,000 journals and millions of full-text articles via 370 databases, a digital collection of WPI scholarship, and the university archives.

In 2014 a light painting, created by artist Stephen Knapp, that uses treated glass to reflect and refract light, was installed over the building’s front entrance. The artwork was a gift from Phi Gamma Delta fraternity to honor the artist’s father, Walter Knapp, WPI Class of 1938.

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History professor James Hanlan looks over Roosevelt’s speech.
May 08, 2019
Daniel and Alice Ryan with parts of their collection on Charles Dickens, which will come to WPI in an extraordinary act of generosity alt
Daniel and Alice Ryan with parts of their collection on Charles Dickens, which will come to WPI in an extraordinary act of generosity
December 13, 2018