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Book Relocation Signals Beginning of Move to New Building

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Over the summer, nearly 350,000 books from the Fordham Law Library were moved to their new permanent location at the Quinn Library, which is located on the ground floor of the Lowenstein building at the Lincoln Center Campus.

The move was the first step in the Law School’s relocation to the new campus. The full move is expected to begin on May 26, 2014 and carry on through July.  The books that have already been relocated to the Quinn library will remain there permanently, while the remaining 95,000 books will make the move to the new library.


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According to Law Library Director Robert Nissenbaum, the new library will have seating for 650 students, two full classrooms for advanced research seminars, 22 study rooms (compared to the seven now available), a 24-hour study space, and a café and dining area.

“Our goal with the new library is to make it more like a service center . . .  to make it a comfortable place to work and study,” Nissenbaum said.

The design of the new building is meant to foster community, he added.  Lots of open space and open staircases—like the one from stack three to stack six in the current library—are meant to add to the ambiance.

“We’ve been very successful with the construction and while no construction process is perfect, we will be able to move the whole law school into the new building, including all the law reviews, centers, and clinics,” Nissenbaum said. “For the first time we’ll have the whole law school in one building.”

Elsewhere in the building, administrative offices and the law reviews will be relocated to the basement—as they are today, and the Moot Court and Trial Ad teams will have greatly expanded facilities taking up a large part of the ground floor.

On the second floor, the cafeteria will be lined with a “nano-wall” retractable-glass panels that will open to the garden level across from the undergraduate cafe in warm weather, providing easy access to Lowenstein and the grassy area that today remains closed behind one of the law school’s emergency exit doors.

On the fourth floor, student services—now scattered among several buildings—will be centralized.  The top three floors of the law school, the seventh, eighth, and ninth, will belong to faculty offices, centers, and the clinical program.

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As for the 350,000 books that have already moved, they’ll remain available for checkout in the Quinn library. Quinn is in the initial planning stages of it’s own renovation and expansion into the current Law Library, a process that, according to Nissenbaum, could take several years.

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