Skateboarding student settles in for an evening of exam preparation in newly renovated Pollack-Gottesman LibraryJust in time for reading week and final exam preparation, December 2015 brought the conclusion of the dramatic revitalization of the Mendel Gottesman Library building. Levels 2, 2A, 3, nd 3A now feature bright, new, efficient, and ecological LED lighting, nine group study rooms (to be opened at the start of the spring 2016 semester), a new information instruction laboratory, multiple types of study carrels and reading tables, and a research assistance center.  Warm gray steel parapets provide visual communication between levels, and the original intent of the Armand Bartos design, in which the stack levels float in the center of a multi-story space, has been preserved and is now more fully expressed, thanks to the creative and respectful vision of architect Ran Oron of ROART.  Floor-to-ceiling fenestration along Amsterdam Avenue allows natural light to pour into reading spaces, carpet squares add color, and the sweeping curves of the Swoop lounge furniture designed by Brian Kane allow for many different comfortable sitting positions.  Level 4 is the preserve of quiet study, with new carrels and upholstered caster chairs doubling the number of seats available.  The renovation of the Mendel Gottesman Library building was made possible by a generous donation from David S. and Ruth Gottesman.  Mr. Gottesman is a former chairman of the YU Board of Trustees.

Illustration:  A skateboarding student settles in for an evening of exam preparation on Swoop lounge furniture, designed by Brian Kane, in the newly renovated Mendel Gottesman Library building, which contains the Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica-Judaica and the Pollack Library, Yeshiva University’s general library collection.


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