Oregon State University President's Report 2000
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Exterior of the Valley Library, showing the 4-story reading rotunda.

The New Valley Library:
A Gathering Place for Learning

The newly expanded and renovated Valley Library was named the Library of the Year for 1999 by the Library-Journal. It is the first time that an academic library has won this prestigious award, and honors the library's committment to serve both the university community and citizens throughout the state.

The library's new Information Commons reflects a 21st century style of education. The commons includes a multimedia technology resource center that allows students to develop their own multimedia presentations, an electronic classroom with networked computer workstations and circulating laptop computers.

The library also houses OSU's Distance and Continuing Education program and the Linus Pauling Collection, one of the most complete collections of an individual scientist anywhere in the world.

Dedicated in May 1999, the $47 million expansion and renovation project was financed through a variety of public and private gifts, including $10 million from the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, support from the state of Oregon and more than 9,000 gifts from OSU alumni, students and staff.

"The new library is becoming a community for campus,"
- Karyl Butcher, the University Librarian

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