Countway Library Renovation Celebration banner with a gold ribbon and scissors and a photograph of the main entrance to Countway Library.

The Harvard Longwood Campus community is cordially invited to celebrate the completion of the 2021 and 2023 renovation projects at Countway Library!

Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony, remarks by Dean Daley and other stakeholders, refreshments, tours and more.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Countway Library

All are welcome to attend!

Event Schedule

1:00pm: Celebration Begins

1:15pm: Welcoming Remarks

  • Elaine Martin, Director, Countway Library

  • George Q. Daley, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, HMS

  • Lisa Muto, Executive Dean for Administration, HMS

  • Steve Maiorisi, Chief Campus Planning & Facilities Officer, HMS

  • Luke Voiland, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, Shepley Bullfinch & Janette S. Blackburn, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Shepley Bullfinch

1:45pm: Ribbon Cutting

  • Champagne toast to mark the renovation completion

2-3:00pm: Guided Tours

  • Floor L1 (every 15 minutes)

  • First floor (every 15 minutes)

  • Second floor (every 15 minutes)

  • Center for the History of Medicine Gallery (fifth floor; drop-ins welcome)

  • Countway Community Garden (drop-ins welcome)

Updated floor plans and renovation highlights

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Floor L1 Visitor Map. What's new from the Floor L1 Renovation? Info Desk: A new service for our patrons: the Info Desk is managed by library professionals six days per week. TechHub: This new walk-up IT service center was developed in collaboration with HMS IT and is staffed five days per week. Classroom Space: These brand new classrooms are available for classes or events and reservable via HMS Room Scheduling. VisWall: An interactive space with the latest advanced technologies for interactive learning resources. Collaborative Learning Space: This space is designed for small groups to gather and brainstorm collaboratively. Study Rooms & Chat Rooms: Study rooms can accommodate 1-8 students depending on room size, and chat rooms are available for brief calls. More information can be found at Floor Visitor Map. What's new from the 1st floor renovation? Facing Our Community: Our brand new entrance at 695 Huntington Avenue also includes a bridge and ADA accessible ramp. Countway Connection Cafe: The new cafe inside Countway, run by Restaurant Associates, serves Illy coffee as well as healthy grab-and-go items. Harvard Coop: A satellite Harvard Coop location inside Countway offers merchandise from all three Longwood Campus schools. Makerspace: This innovative and collaborative space houses an Anatomage Table as well as a 3D printer and computers. Pet Therapy Area: Feeling stressed? Come relax with trained Countway Cares therapy animals in our new dedicated space. Classroom Space: Two new classrooms, available for workshops and events, can be combined into one space with a removable wall. More information can be found at Floor Visitor Map. What's new from the 2nd floor renovation? Russell Reading Room: The Russell Reading Room is a designated quiet space with double-paned glass and noise-dampening technology. Open Seating: The second floor features several large tables and comfortable seating throughout for individual study space. Meditation Room: This room is available for meditation, prayer, calming sensory overload, and finding a moment of peace. Game Room: Located in the Active Study Area, the Game Room is equipped with a Nintendo Switch and several pre-loaded games. Named Collections: This floor is home to several anatomical models, as well as collections including Graphic Medicine and Women in Medicine. New Office Spaces: The newly expanded office areas include touchdown spaces, conference rooms, and an upgraded kitchen. More information can be found at

Photo Slideshows

Please enjoy these slideshows of the 2021 and 2023 renovations below.

Countway L1 Renovation (2023)
New Tech Hub featuring workstations, monitors, Ricoh printer, onsite IT support and more.
View from the L1 Atrium; new classroom and conference room space featuring soundproofing technology
Open group seating throughout L1
Booth seating along the walls featuring beautiful views of the Countway Community Garden
Study space, work stations and reservable study rooms outside the recording studio
Open study space and chat rooms
Open study space featuring extra large presentation monitors
Customizable classroom space (configuration option A)
Customizable classroom space (configuration option B)
New multipurpose VisWall in the L1 Atrium
Countway 1st & 2nd Floor Renovation (2021)
The 2021 renovation created an entirely new library entrance at 695 Huntington Avenue
New Countway Connection Café
New Harvard Coop satellite location
New 1st floor study space and dedicated pet therapy area
Anatomage Table in the new 1st floor Makerspace
New second floor study space