After a year of coping with temporary digs in various corners of Andover Hall—and a year of maintaining super-human patience, good humor, and ingenuity—the staff of Andover-Harvard Theological Library has moved into its renovated and greatly expanded home.
A celebration of the renovation was held on November 30, 2001. (More detailed information on the library move is on the library's own web page.) Under the leadership of Malcolm Hamilton, the interim head librarian, the library staff succeeded during the 2000-01 academic year in offering uninterrupted access to a world-class collection of more than 450,000 volumes, 30,000 rare books, more than 1,000 periodical titles, and countless materials in non-print formats.
The library project—which includes complete renovation of the old building and the addition of two new floors, all designed by the Boston firm Amsler Woodhouse MacLean—carries a price tag of about $11.5 million. About 80 percent of the necessary money has been raised, with the support of the Harvard University Corporation and various foundations and friends. But there is still a ways to go financially. For more information about making a gift, please get in touch with the Office of Development, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138; 617.495.8772.
—by Wendy McDowell