Libraries are the heart of a college campus. They are places for solitary study and group debate, quiet contemplation and social gathering. They are an extension of the intellectual and social life of the college.
The Wilson community has been without the John Stewart Memorial Library since a heating system failure forced its closure in spring 2011. The shutdown of the library has caused a ripple effect on campus. Library services and makeshift book stacks have been relocated to Sarah’s Coffeehouse. The space, while adequate, is not properly suited to the task and deprives students of the use of the coffeehouse. The need to reimagine and rebuild the library is critical.