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Reception Will Mark
Van Wylen Library's 10th Anniversary

Posted April 16, 1998

          HOLLAND -- The Van Wylen Library at Hope College
  will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a reception on
  Tuesday, April 21.
          The library opened in January of 1988, and was
  dedicated on April 21, 1988, with an all-day celebration
  that included a convocation, parade and renaissance fair.
  The building is named for Dr. Gordon J. Van Wylen, ninth
  president of Hope College, and his wife, Dr. Margaret D. Van
  Wylen.
          The reception will run on Tuesday, April 21, from
  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the library, which is
  located on College Avenue at Graves Place (11th Street).
  Refreshments will be served.
          The public is invited.  Admission is free.
          "The Van Wylen Library has been extraordinarily
  functional during its first 10 years," said David Jensen,
  director of libraries.  "Scholars like doing research here
  because of its many different kinds of study space, and the
  staff have found it a delightful environment in which to
  work."
          Jensen noted that although the building was
  designed and constructed just at the dawn of the current
  emphasis on library technology, the library works just as
  well with the new electronic resources as it does with print
  media.  "This is a tribute to the library planning committee
  chaired by Elton Bruins, who is the Evert J. and Hattie E.
  Blekkink Professor Emeritus of Religion and currently
  director of the A.C. Van Raalte Institute, and to the design
  team, led by Geoffrey Freeman, from the Boston Architectural
  firm of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott.
          The building won an American Library
  Association/American Institute of Architects award in 1989.
  The library furniture was manufactured in Holland by the
  Worden Company, some of it custom-designed for the building.
  Library offices feature Herman Miller chairs and work
  stations.
          "The Van Wylen Library has been a wonderful
  inspiration for the college to improve the entire library
  program," Jensen said.  "For the past 10 years, our aim has
  been to raise the quality of services, technology and
  collection to the same high level as that of the building.
  This great building has provided an excellent standard for
  us to match.  We are delighted to have the opportunity
  granted by it to develop outstanding library services."
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