Study Lounge Renovation
Almost 50 years ago, the MSU Libraries were the recipient of the class gift from the graduates of 1956: furnishings for a smoking lounge.
The lounge was created on the third floor of what is now the library's West Wing, in a lovely spot looking out over the Beal Botanical Garden.
It may be hard to imagine today, but the smoking lounge was part of the vitality of the library. It was a gathering place for students and faculty, where a chance conversation might inspire a new idea for a research paper, or even be the start of a lifelong friendship.
As times changed, the seating and décor changed too. Now, we're revisioning this space. Stephen Wilensky and Mark Ritzenhein have generously donated a contemporary sculpture, Clang Tone, to serve as the anchor for the newly remodeled study lounge.
Our priority for this area is funding to support renovation and new furniture for the 3 West study lounge, so that we can continue to offer MSU students welcoming spaces for study and conversation.
This pleasant space looking out on the Beal Garden was once the Main Library smoking lounge. After renovation, it will be a signature space, once again crowded with students.
The contemporary sculpture Clang Tone will anchor the renovated study space on 3 West.