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River Campus Libraries Learning Spaces Fund

Established by James W. Mayer ’82

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The creation of the River Campus Libraries Learning Spaces Fund enabled the Libraries to make much-needed upgrades in the Art and Music Library in preparation for the 2014-2015 academic year.


About the Art and Music Library and Gallery

Located on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library, the Art and Music Library is a dynamic place for students in a variety of disciplines. It provides study space; large format scanners; and a collection of more than 90,000 volumes on visual arts, art theory, architecture, photography, and music, as well as more than 6,000 DVDs, 3,000 CDs, 1,500 music scores, and other related materials.

The Gallery at the Art and Music Library is a well-situated exhibition space that provides emerging local artists with the opportunity to show their work in a space that is highly visible. The Gallery is also one of the primary venues for undergraduate studio majors to showcase their work – a requirement of the curriculum. Recent exhibitions have included photo-based installations, artists' books, painting, sculpture, and ceramic works.


The Art and Music Library has new carpeting, a fresh paint job, soft seating in the lounge area, and direct access to the stacks. The Film and Media Studies collection is now located in Art and Music.


These recent renovations create a more inviting space for students to access materials related to art, music, film, and media. This vibrant and refreshed area will enhance student learning by inviting collaboration and stimulating creativity.

Within the first few weeks of the semester it had already became a hot spot in Rush Rhees Library.

What's Next?

Two video and gaming rooms are currently under development. One room contains a computer and an Xbox to accommodate students studying film and gaming. The second room contains a 60-inch Smart TV with 3D capability and surround sound. This room will also serve as cooperative, collaborative space for student research and projects. Both rooms are expected to be complete by mid-fall.

If you are interested in supporting the River Campus Libraries through the Learning Spaces Fund, please contact Pamela Jackson at or 585-276-5731.