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The David C. Crago Rare Book and Special Collections Room

 

About the Room

 

In May 2012 the Taggart Law Library renovated its Rare Book and Special Collections Room.  The project transformed a closed off room into an updated and secure space to house the law library’s rare books and special collections.  It offers a comfortable, attractive space for students, faculty, and visiting scholars to use the collections, comparable to the rare book rooms at some of the top law schools in the country.  The room was named in honor of the law college’s former dean, now University Provost, David C. Crago, for his long-standing support of the library, and specifically its rare book collection.

The entrance to the Rare Book Room is located on the north side of the library, near the Brabson Student Lounge.  A door in the corner of the room opens to a small reading and exhibition room, with two walls lined with cherry and glass Amish-made cabinets to display books and other items in the collection.  Small tables with chairs and task lighting allow individual study.

Behind the reading room a closed storage area houses rare books and special collection items not on display.  The reading room and storage area are fitted with a climate control system, which will regulate temperature and humidity to ensure the preservation and long-term sustainability of the Taggart Law Library’s small but growing rare books collection.

 

Awards and Recognition

 

The Rare Book Room was featured in the 2013 American School and University Magazine’s Educational Interiors Showcase.  The publication highlights innovative designs in education settings, and recognized the Rare Book Room as an Outstanding Design for 2013.  The room also won two Illumination Awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society for the innovative and creative use of lighting in the room’s design.  The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design was given for the overall use of LED lighting in the room, integrating best practices of preservation with the elegant style of the room.  The Control Innovation Award was given for the unique lighting controls used to regulate the lighting in the room.