Inside, its mixture of classic architectural designs - including quarter-sawn oak paneling and wooden ceiling trusses over a centerpiece elevated reading room - and modern, renovated rooms and facilities, makes Seymour Library a fitting visual metaphor for the College's embrace of history, tradition and a modern outlook.
But you're going to like more about it than its looks. High-tech research resources, expert staff and user-friendly facilities combine to make Seymour Library among the best college libraries in the nation.
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An Environment for Learning
The Herman R. Muelder Reading Room is a stunning space that contains books on art while among the paintings above the shelves are depictions of past presidents and benefactors of the College. It is regularly used for tutoring sessions hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, and occasionally used for college events and public lectures.
The Eastman Exhibit area on the second floor is an inviting exhibition space used for displaying archival materials and texts of historical and cultural significance from the Library's collections, often on topics relevant to current events. A recent display, "Lincoln Recalled: American President, American Vision" featured books, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other documents from the Knox College Special Collections and Archives celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.
On the second level, the Muelder, Finley, Standish and Bookfellow Rooms maintain the distinctive ambiance of the early 20th Century. The Knox College Alumni Association Reading Room, adjacent to the Special Collections & Archives, offers spacious study tables amidst historic artwork and artifacts from the collections in the Archives.
Study options in Seymour Library also include expansive carrels, along with historic and contemporary reading rooms, such as the Cecil Reading Room. The library also provides individual offices for students conducting extended research projects. As with all campus buildings, Seymour is equipped for fully wireless network and Internet access.
Housed in a climate-controlled section on the second floor of Seymour Library, Knox College's Special Collections and Archives enable Knox students, faculty and visiting scholars to engage in major research projects using primary source material from its deep and rich collections. Particular strengths of the collections are in American history and culture.
The library's collections include:
|HISTORY Hiram Huntington Kellogg, Knox College's first president, acquired the first collection of books for Knox during a trip to Europe in 1843-1844. Together with volumes donated by Galesburg families, these occupied a room in the College's earliest building. More
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley spoke at the Central States Anthropology Society. Beney's topic was the musical nature of speech directed at infants, and Marley discussed social media sites and social movements.
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.