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“There is no question that the building and the new Biddle Library helped the school at a crucial time,” says former Library Director Elizabeth Slusser Kelly, who directed the building’s design. “It is really a building for students and student services. It made the school instantly competitive with peer school facilities and provided a serene and luminous space for the library and its users.

“A benefit that we did not expect … is how much more lovely and well used the courtyard became when a beautiful and heavily traversed building enclosed its west end,” Kelly says.

Tanenbaum Hall, a center for industriousness, quiet reflection and socializing, has indeed become a magnet for students. “Tanenbaum Hall was one of the first places I saw when I came to visit the Law School,” says third-year law student, Gregory Duffy. “It really made a measurable impact on my decision to enroll.”

Although Tanenbaum Hall went up when Colin Diver was Dean, his predecessor envisoned it. Dean Robert Mundheim, who served from 1982 to 1989, articulated a vision for the Law School during his tenure. That vision included bigger facilities, with space for more students and a new Biddle Law Library, which had showed serious signs of age.

As Cynthia Arkin, Associate Director for Collection Development in the Biddle Law Library, recalls, the library, then located on the second floor of Lewis Hall, had become a relic, overcrowded and incompatible with the new technology. It also afforded precious little room for the growing collection of books. “Every place you looked there were cords on the floor, going over stacks … We had leaky ceilings. We had pigeons coming into the reading rooms. We spent a lot of time putting plastic over the book stacks.”

 
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