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The Howard and Amy Rice Library, designed by John R. Myer of Ashley, Myer & Associates (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and completed in January 1965, was built to hold 50,000 volumes. The December 1965 issue Architectural Forum stated: “Its barn-like form is at home among the converted farm buildings that form the core of the campus; inside it is designed strictly for reading (and “thinking”, which Marlboro regards as the only major subject in its curriculum).”
The Rice Library was filled beyond capacity within 20 years, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the dreams of a library addition were fulfilled when anonymous donors gave the College $12 million with $2 million specifically slated for the library.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Jerome & Elizabeth Aron Library Wing occurred on May 18, 2002 – in four inches of snow! This Aron Wing, designed by Daniel V. Scully of Daniel V. Scully/Architects (Keene, New Hampshire) opened its doors on September 3, 2003 and offers two classrooms, a new media lab, an enlarged computer lab, additional study and lounge space, as well as shelving for 62,000 volumes.
The Rice-Aron Library collection contains approximately 75,000 volumes and provides access to over 17,000 print and online journals.