Coming spring 2020
Construction is underway for the Learning and Technology Collaborative on the first floor of the Hiram College Library. The space will serve as a learning environment that entices all members of the College, and the community as well, to come together to interact, engage in peer-to-peer tutoring or advising, service iPads, learn how to use new apps, and schedule or walk in to an appointment with a professional advisor or career specialist.
The Collaborative will centrally locate, alongside the recently launched Tech and Trek initiative, other high impact programs that are currently scattered across campus. The renovated space will also house Hiram Connect, the campus’ experiential learning program that helps students choose the internship, study-abroad trip, or research project best suited to their academic interests and career aspirations. Additionally, the Career Center will be moved to the reconfigured space.
Other features include:
- New Tech & Trek Help Desk with waiting area
- Dedicated collaboration space and meeting room
- Study and collaboration lounge overlooking Dean St.
- 2 ADA-height public computer stations
- 4 single-user gender-neutral ADA-accessible restrooms
- AVI micro-market coming fall 2020
Focus on learning through the years
For its first 50 years, Hiram College did not have a library.
Each of the student literary societies, however, had its own small libraries, usually limited to members only. The closest the College came to a common library was the federal depository collection (established in 1874) housed in the original Hinsdale Hall.
In 1900 a gift from Abram Teachout funded the construction of the Teachout-Cooley Library, a two-story brick and wood structure with a three story tower. The collection consisted of books donated by the literary societies and the depository collection. An addition to the building was constructed in 1923.
The building was largely destroyed by fire in 1939. A new building was erected and expanded in 1948 and again in 1963. At that time, the library was renamed the Teachout-Price Memorial Library. Growth of the campus then made it necessary to build a new Library.
Opened in 1995, the current library provides a link between the old and the new with group study rooms, a variety of individual study spaces, growing collections in both print and digital, a number of computers and wireless access. Features of the building also include space for a video studio, a media suite, a redesigned Archives and Special Collections, and a Library Instruction Room.
Basic Facts about the Hiram College Library
- Opened in 1995
- Books – 222,714
- E-Books – 154,662
- Journals subscriptions – 130
- E-Journals subscriptions – 10,214
- CDs – 18,715
- DVDs – 1,814