January 2015 marked one year in the University Center at The New School with its new Arnhold Forum Library on the 6th and 7th floors. Arnhold Forum Library offers bookable group workspaces and quiet study areas; computer workstations and printing, scanning and copying services; on-site collections of our most highly-used art, architecture, design, fashion and technology materials; and self-checkout kiosks.
Fun story, a water main broke flooding the neighborhood on the morning of our move. However, the large crater in the intersection of Fifth Ave and 13th Street ended up being an advantage for the book movers later in the week. With the street closed off, they were able to simply roll the book carts across the street. Sadly, the lower two levels of the building were flooded as well and came back online just last month.
The University Center illustrates The New School’s commitment to sustainable practices, (for a description of the the building’s green building features, click here) and serves as an educational tool (see YouTube video below) for courses.
By location, design, and spirit (#newschoolspirit), the University Center is the hub of our urban campus. The architecture encourages activity–as seen from the street by its visible staircases–and interaction. While used by all Divisions, it’s also the new home of the School of Fashion which relocated from its building in midtown.
The Curator of the University Art Collection has seeded art throughout the building and The New School commissioned new work, as well. Among the new works is Rita McBride’s “Bells & Whistles,” and Alfredo Jarr’s “Searching for Africa in LIFE.” We hosted a small opening for Alfredo Jarr in December and administration, students, faculty and staff gathered to hear him speak about the work.
In our former locations, the Libraries and Archives struggled with providing optimal study space. We’ve been so successful at marketing our great study spaces, we have come across students using them without realizing they’re in a library! But we’ll be there when they need us and in the meantime, they’re happy.
- Image from the stacks through collaboration room on 6th floor: https://instagram.com/p/svqqfSG-i1/?modal=true
- View from the University Center’s green roof: https://instagram.com/p/oriOeYG-oj/?modal=true
- The building has it’s own font called Irma. Seen here being hand-painted throughout the outer stairwells: https://instagram.com/p/tk0v92m-vH/?modal=true