Is It a Library? A Student Center? The Athenaeum Opens at Goucher College

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Joey Pulone for The Chronicle

Goucher College's new library includes traditional spaces like computer labs as well as a restaurant, an art gallery, and exercise equipment. "The Athenaeum will be the student center that Goucher really needed," one student says.

Today's academic-library buildings, more than any other campus structures, have to be all things to all people—places where social and intellectual pursuits collide, places that serve the community and the individual simultaneously. Dig into a book. Get a latte. Collaborate on a project. Nap during a study session. College libraries are a destination for those activities and more.

Now at Goucher College, much more.

Any new library building will have hissing espresso