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Allen’s New Space—One Year Later!

One year ago the Allen Library (a music/dance library) moved into its new facility on the lower  level of the Harrison Libraries Building. What a rousing success it’s been! Users came in droves from all over campus. Allen’s head counts were up 36% August through April this year, compared to those months last year. The reading area by spacious sunny windows became a popular semi-quiet reading area, self-policed by students and faculty, and groups competed for listening/viewing rooms. Users can now browse CDs, and LP use is up. Next year we will offer workshops on using AV equipment so more people can benefit from a high-quality listening experience.

This year, incoming Hartt students had tours during their orientations. We are told the tours were a highlight of their experience! Incoming students also took self-guided tours using iPads, with different content for different types of majors. It is gratifying to overhear students exclaim, “I didn’t know the library had this!”

We were thrilled to have the Hartt Community Division’s Young Composers Project in Allen for a week, along with sessions for students in the new Hartt Preparatory Academy (a two-year, comprehensive precollege music training program for high school juniors and seniors).

Library staff are awash with plans to engage users in the coming year! If you would like to discuss ideas, if you have purchase suggestions, or if you need assistance finding or using performing arts resources, we are here! Drop in, or check us out at