Bringing Campaign Goals to Life

Coming soon: A reinvented William Knox Holt Memorial Library.

To lead with purpose means to understand change — and to adapt nimbly. The same thinking must be applied to the spaces where Pacific students learn and build community.

When the Stockton Campus Library opened in 1955, it was a centralized book repository marked by defined spaces for research and study. But today, thanks to portable technologies, inquiry occurs throughout the building. Pacific’s budding entrepreneurs, scientists, social workers, teachers, engineers and artists often gather to work collaboratively rather than in solitude among the stacks.

They need flexible spaces that support digitally driven, immersive learning. And that’s what they’ll soon get, thanks to difference-making philanthropy. Following a multiyear planning process including students, faculty and staff, the construction phase of the William Knox Holt Memorial Library renovation is kicking off in November 2018. A $5 million bequest was designated specifically to this library project, with an additional $3.5 million allocated by the University. Donors can still contribute to help us meet our remaining $2.5 million goal for this renovation, either for the totality of the project or by supporting key elements and spaces.

The first phase is slated to be completed in January 2020 and includes a number of updates to the first and second floors.

First Floor

  • Innovation Commons: Includes the CUBE, a digital wall, editing suites, experimental exhibit space and a learning lab, and will be staffed with dedicated expert assistants. The Pacific Technology Help Desk will be located nearby.
  • Learning Commons: Includes group study rooms, open collaborative spaces, a café, computers, and scanning and copying equipment. The “Ask Us” Desk and Pacific Technology Help Desk Staff will be located nearby.

Second Floor

  • Reading Commons: Includes group study rooms, individual study pods, individual study areas and computers.
  • Academic Commons: Includes the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Student Writing Center, Student Academic Support Services, study spaces and a learning lab.

If you’d like to make a gift in support of the library or any of its special spaces, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Georgette Hunefeld or Jen Aldridge.

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