Stockwell Library's Cutler Commons Project
Oct. 7: Sally Stark Cutler, '75, (center) leads the ribbon cutting. Read more
Oct. 7: The crowd gathers prior to the dedication ceremony.
Sept. 23: The east end study/technology wing.
Sept. 23: Cutler Commons seating was chosen by students.
Sept. 12: After many years, Stockwell once again is the entrance to the library.
Sept. 8: Chemistry professor Andy French has office hours in Cutler Commons.
Aug. 19: The front entrance three days before the start of classes.
Aug. 15: Read Between the Grinds café takes shape.
Aug. 15: The prep area at Read Between the Grinds.
Aug. 15: These new seats could become highly valued real estate.
Aug. 10: New lamps await installation at the front entrance.
Aug. 10: Circulation and reference will become a one-stop service area.
Aug. 10: A new SMARTBoard in the learning commons is ready for action.
July 29: Building the roof of the new entry to Stockwell Memorial Library.
July 29: The new counters and shelves for the Read Between the Grinds café.
July 29: A touch of color, along with new carpet, inside the library.
July 29: Finishing up the new entrance to Stockwell Memorial Library.
July 26: A view of the new stairway and handicap-accessible ramp.
July 14: The crew installs stairs leading to the Stockwell entrance.
July 6: New tile frames the Read Between the Grinds café.
July 6: Red brick ready for the new Stockwell patio.
July 6: You see it right: a backhoe helps with the patio foundation.
June 16: Stockwell's new patio will have a mix of red and grey brick.
June 16: The new Stockwell patio starts to take shape.
June 2: Laying bricks for the new patio at the front of Stockwell Library.
June 2: Bookshelves protected from dust and damage.
May 23: The Stockwell lawn is cleared out to install the new front entrance.
May 23: The crew creates dust shields as they install floor outlets.
May 23: One wall is gone to make room for the new café.
May 23: Windows are covered with boards inside Stockwell.
May 23: Workers have cleared out the Stockwell Library for renovations.
May 12: New front steps will lead up to Stockwell's entrance.
May 12: The first floor's east section is cleared out.
May 12: The wall at right will come down and give way to the new café.
May 9: Construction begins in and around Stockwell Library.
May 9: The Cutler Commons project is officially in motion.
May 9: Let the sun shine in—Stockwell's front doors are opened.
May 9: The east section will look much different come fall.
May 9: For the first time in decades, Stockwell's front doors are opened.
A rendering of the first floor, to be named Cutler Commons (click to enlarge).
The east section will feature flexible workspaces (click to enlarge).
Café seating extends into the Stockwell-Mudd bridge (click to enlarge).
Stockwell's front door will again be the main entrance (click to enlarge).
The plan for Cutler Commons on Stockwell's first floor (click to enlarge).
Original details such as the colonnade are part of the design (click to enlarge).
The relocated circulation/reference desk is near the new café (click to enlarge).
An up-close view of the Stockwell-Mudd bridge (click to enlarge).
The first floor of Stockwell Library and the bridge connecting Stockwell to the Mudd Learning Center have been transformed into Cutler Commons, an active learning space wired for the latest technology and featuring a full-service coffee bar. The renovations have been made possible by a leadership gift from Sally Stark Cutler, '75, and her husband, Sandy Cutler.
"This generous gift from Sally and Sandy Cutler and the support from our trustees allow us to move forward quickly on library improvements that have been in the planning stages for many months," says President Donna Randall. "We are literally redefining what our library should be and how it can better serve the entire campus community, and it's most gratifying to be taking this next step."
Among the project highlights:
Fluid work spaces have been created with modular furnishings, portable white boards, an interactive SMART board, and readily accessible data and power sources, designed "to accommodate different configurations and different learning styles," according to Provost Susan Conner.
The circulation and reference desks have moved from their current location in Mudd to the west end of Stockwell, creating a one-stop service area that will offer library instruction and resource help as well as laptop checkout and technical assistance.
Stockwell's front door is once again the main entrance to the library complex and leads directly into the Cutler Commons, underscoring the central role of this space.
A new, College-run café with full-service coffee bar features specialty beverages and fresh delicatessen-style offerings.