Countway Library's 2019-2021 Renovation

The renovation transformation allows Countway Library to engage and align users to its mission of service, education, and research by capitalizing on the strengths of its space, staff and collections. It is Countway's responsibility to share its rich resources with Harvard’s Medical and Dental Schools, and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as the entire Longwood Medical area. Countway now has quiet spaces for individual study, active spaces for programming and special events, and gathering spaces for collaboration and socialization. For example, the Countway Connection Café, Coop, Community Garden, and open area seating provide opportunities for our users to reconnect with one another. Countway is a social connector, and is in the position to rebuild these social bonds through its shared spaces and programming. The library evidently shows its positive impact on the community as it continues to average over 800 turnstile swipes per day.

Libraries are no longer just brick and mortar buildings to house collections. Medical libraries can and do play an important role in improving the health and well-being of their community on their campuses. As part of the evolution of Countway Library, we have a renewed focus on community well-being as well as serving as a resource for research and learning. There are many activities the newly-renovated Countway Library has to offer our students, faculty and staff. Countway now has dedicated spaces, resources and community-building programming. We welcome the entire campus community to join us in our new spaces as we expand library programming through the lens of social connection.