Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Miller Library Renovation Complete, Open Oct. 14

The newly renovated Miller Library reopened October 14. In the revamped facility, the Washington College community has direct access to the collection, interlibrary loan services, printing and to new and revitalized spaces for teaching, researching, and working in comfort. The Math Center and Office of Academic Skills is fully operational in the library as well. The OIT educational services provided by the Multimedia Production Center and Beck Instructional Lab will be phased back into the library and will be fully functional soon after the opening; in the meantime those services will continue to be offered in William Smith Hall 111 and 226, respectively. The café will be completed with the Grand Opening scheduled for November 9 at 4:30 p.m. If you have questions or comments please do not hesitate to call or email Ruth Shoge ( or Jennifer Nesbitt (

Original Release: May 2, 2012

Miller Library to Close May 12 for Extensive Renovation Work Expected to Last Four Months

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College’s Miller Library will close for a major renovation beginning May 12 and is expected to remain closed for approximately four months.

The renovation will greatly enhance the library’s spaces for study, teaching and research and will provide a more comfortable climate-controlled building for all patrons.  When it reopens, the library will boast five enclosed collaborative group spaces, an open quiet-study area on the second floor, a redesigned and expanded Archives section, new offices for instructional technology, enhanced spaces for Office of Academic Skills, and a café.

The renovated infrastructure will include a new geothermal HVAC system, including air handlers and ductwork, as well as new electrical and plumbing systems, new flooring, ceilings and lights.  In addition, the library plaza will be enhanced and made more functional with new tables, chairs, and plants.

College Librarian Ruth Shoge says she regrets the inconvenience the renovation will cause the community, especially those who use its Kent County News archives. “We look forward to seeing everyone when we re-open in the fall,” she adds.