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David Bishop Skillman Library has received the Boston Society of Architects’ top award, the Honor Award for Design Excellence, as well as the BSA’s Higher Education Facilities Design Award.

The library reopened last fall after undergoing most of a $22 million expansion and renovation project that added 28,555 square feet and transformed almost every feature of the building’s interior and exterior.

Rededicated in April, the building has many new and enhanced features, including instruction rooms with computers and network connectivity, a formal reading room and a periodicals reading area overlooking the Quad, a special collections suite with expanded space for working with rare books and manuscripts, and a digital media lab with high-end technology.

The library also has a public program room for talks, readings, and film screenings, a cafe, 25 percent more seating capacity, 20 years of collection growth space, network access at virtually every seat, and improved staff work spaces.

Undertaken by Ann Beha Architects, the ambitious renovation project was completed over two years, while the library remained in operation.

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