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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.

COVID-19 Building-Specific Safety Measures

  • Cleaning: Daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces in classrooms, hallways, stairs, bathrooms, and meeting spaces. Daily fogging of spaces with a disinfectant cleaning solution. 
  • Cleaning Supplies: Provided in centralized locations on each floor and in classrooms so individuals can clean their own workspace and equipment. 
  • Hand Sanitizer: Provided at entrances, in classrooms, and throughout public areas. Departments may be providing hand sanitizer at additional locations in office suites. 
  • Signage: To inform social distancing practices, occupancy limits, and cleaning requirements throughout the building. 
  • Bathrooms: Bathrooms have reduced occupancies required — some will be single-use occupancy to maintain social distancing. Drinking fountains have been shut off for your safety — where available, water bottle filler stations remain operational.
  • Meeting Rooms: Meeting room capacity has been reduced to maintain 6’ social distancing.
  • Ventilation: Windows may be opened for ventilation. If you open a window, be sure to shut off the air conditioner in that space. Ventilation systems have been inspected, filters changed, and adjusted to increase ventilation rates.
  • Clear Barriers: Clear plexiglass barriers have been installed at classroom teaching stations and service desks in department offices to help reduce transmission. 
  • Building Access: The building will remain locked during business hours and is accessible with your WPI ID card. Campus visitors must register in advance and be escorted by the department. 

Offices and Departments


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History professor James Hanlan looks over Roosevelt’s speech.
May 08, 2019


3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
George C. Gordon Library
Find creativity and community through zines, digital or print self publications, at the Shuster Lab.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
George C. Gordon Library
Find creativity and community through zines, digital or print self publications, at the Shuster Lab.