Over the past twenty-five years, the library has grown from an institution where researchers came to find materials to an institution where researchers increasingly conduct all stages of their research in the digital sphere. The physical space of the library has taken on increasing importance as a place to collaborate or find space to work in solitude, to learn new techniques of research and presentation, and to find support in navigating the academic journey.
“Under Chancellor Peterson, the library was envisioned as a type of Roman cathedral, “the jewel of the campus.”’ A jewel never changes. But as humans learn, they change the buildings they inhabit to suit their needs. And so Walsh Library has changed from a place of quiet study to a place of lively academic discussion and socialization.” (Richard Stern, Reference Librarian, 1983-2016, Acting Dean 2002-2004)