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William H. Hannon Library Opens at LMU

More than 800 people gathered Aug. 30, 2009, at Loyola Marymount University to celebrate the grand opening of the William H. Hannon Library. Visitors toured the library facilities, talked with library staff members and explored the grounds.

The 88,000-square-foot library houses a media lounge, a café, an exhibits area, three reading rooms, a faculty area and an information commons. Eighty-three general-use computers are located throughout the library for students’ convenience. Group study rooms on the third floor of the library offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the city of Los Angeles.

Kristine Brancolini, the dean of the library, said “Our goal is to be 100% user-focused.”

During the library dedication ceremony, Brancolini thanked the more than 12,000 individuals and organizations whose donations helped to build William H. Hannon Library. Robert B. Lawton, S.J., the president of the university, said, “The library says to us, ‘Have high ambitions; aim for great academic achievement.’ ”

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony was present at the dedication to bless the library. He also presented Lawton with a page from a 15th century Gutenberg Bible. The rare document will be housed in the library.

Visit http://library.lmu.edu/ to read the library blog, read about upcoming events and watch the time-lapse video of the library construction.