FAU Libraries will host a grand opening and dedication to celebrate the completion of the five-story, 15,000-square-foot Paul C. Wimbish Wing addition to the S.E. Wimberly Library on Tuesday, March 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. President Brogan and First Lady Courtney S. Brogan; Dr. William Miller, director of Libraries; and Scott Eyman, author and books editor for the Palm Beach Post, will speak at the event, which is free to the public.
The Klezmer Company Orchestra, FAU Libraries’ professional ensemble-in-residence, will kick off the celebration with a 15-minute concert. The wing, added to the east side of the original 1963 library, was funded with generous support from Virginia and Peter MacEachron and their son, John MacEachron, of the Wimbish family; Mata Jaffe, the late wife of benefactor Arthur Jaffe; the FAU Student Government Association; Hillel of Broward/Palm Beach; and the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN). Some funds for the $5 million project were matched by the state’s matching gift program.
Tours of the new wing will be available and a reception will follow the ceremony. The first floor houses the Levine-Weinberger Jewish Life Center of the Broward-Palm Beach Hillel organization, a Chartwell’s kosher coffee bar and a joint-use large-event room. The second floor contains Student Government's All Night Study Center, while the third floor is the 4,800-square-foot Arthur and Mata Jaffe Book Arts Center, which houses the “Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection: Books as Aesthetic Objects.” The fourth floor is now the home of SEFLIN, with a joint-use meeting/training room for the library. The fifth floor is being renovated to serve as the future home of the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection of Colonial Imprints, a recent gift to the Libraries. The fifth floor also contains a new conference room, named the University Club Conference Room, to recognize the club's support of the Libraries over the years.
For more information, call the FAU Libraries’ hotline at ext. 7-2116.