AcademicsAbout the Rice-Aron Library
|The Howard and Amy Rice Library, designed by John R. Myer of Ashley, Myer & Associates (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and completed in January 1965, was built to hold 50,000 volumes. The December 1965 issue Architectural Forum stated: “Its barn-like form is at home among the converted farm buildings that form the core of the campus; inside it is designed strictly for reading (and “thinking”, which Marlboro regards as the only major subject in its curriculum).”|
The Rice Library was filled beyond capacity within 20 years, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the dreams of a library addition were fulfilled when anonymous donors gave the College $12 million with $2 million specifically slated for the library.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Jerome & Elizabeth Aron Library Wing occurred on May 18, 2002 – in four inches of snow! This Aron Wing, designed by Daniel V. Scully of Daniel V. Scully/Architects (Keene, New Hampshire) opened its doors on September 3, 2003 and offers two classrooms, a new media lab, an enlarged computer lab, additional study and lounge space, as well as shelving for 62,000 volumes.
The Rice-Aron Library collection contains approximately 75,000 volumes and provides access to over 17,000 print and online journals.