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New library opens at Oxford College

The renovated library and academic commons recently were completed at Oxford College. The modern conversion is nearly a third larger than the former facility, which was built in 1970. (Special Photos)

The renovated library and academic commons recently were completed at Oxford College. The modern conversion is nearly a third larger than the former facility, which was built in 1970. (Special Photos)

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During construction, the library had 10,000 square feet added to the front of the structure.

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Oxford College recently held a ribbon-cutting and grand openings for the project. Pictured, from left, are Katherine Couch, Oxford College sophomore; John Gregory Jr., Oxford College alumnus and son of retired Oxford professor John Gregory Sr. and the late Sara Gregory, long-time Oxford College librarian; Kitty McNeill, associate dean and college librarian; Stephen H. Bowen, Oxford College dean; Art Vinson, chair of the Oxford College Board of Counselors; Bob Chappell of the Oxford College Board of Counselors; Joe Edwards of the Oxford College Board of Counselors; and Hugh Tarbutton Jr. of the Oxford College Board of Counselors.

OXFORD — A year-long project to upgrade the library at Oxford College was recently completed.

The project resulted in a facility with square footage, usability and technology capabilities that are greatly increased over the former library, according to the college.

“We are delighted with the results,” said Oxford College Dean Stephen H. Bowen. “After years of careful planning, Oxford College has a library and academic commons that can fully support our faculty and students across the curriculum. This is a state-of-the-art facility that provides Oxford with an essential hub of learning.”

The new library is nearly one-third larger than the former facility, which was completed in 1970.

Over the course of construction, the original two-story structure was gutted and 10,000 square feet added to the front, or east side, of the structure. With this addition, the library more closely addresses the college quad.

“The Oxford library is a breathtaking example of a modern, thoughtfully designed library space that will encourage intellectual exploration, learning and collaboration for many years to come,” said Rich Mendola, senior vice provost of library services and digital scholarship and enterprise chief information officer at Emory University.

Both the design and finishes of the exterior were selected to co-exist aesthetically with the two historic structures on either side: Phi Gamma Hall on the north side, built in 1851, and the Oxford College Chapel on the south side, built in 1875.

“The library is spectacular. It’s going to be a campus asset and a center of activity, even