Eight Things You May (or May Not) Know about Lauinger Library
The University published a number of sketches in the 1950s and early 1960s, including this one from 1963, which depicted the much needed, new library as having a more traditional and expected design.
(Georgetown Record, Special Development Issue, 1963)
Lauinger architect John Carl Warnecke, a family friend of the Kennedys, designed the President’s gravesite in Arlington. Construction started in 1965 and the site was completed on July 20, 1967. The irregular granite stones used in the design were quarried near the Kennedy family home in Cape Cod.
(Arlington National Cemetery website, printed 1/23/2020)
In 1969, students and faculty members were invited to send suggestions for items to be placed inside the cornerstone. Sadly no list of what was suggested or selected for inclusion survives.
(Library Bulletin, March-April 1969; University Librarian Joseph E. Jeffs helps lay the Library cornerstone, October 24, 1970; Library exterior with the cornerstone seen in the center, 1975)
It was possible to park under the building until 1973 when the University bookstore moved out of White-Gravenor and into the former garage space in Lauinger.
(Plan of Lauinger basement in a Library promotional brochure, 1970; cars parked under Lauinger, 1972)
(Filming of The Exorcist, 1972; “Staff News”in Lauinger Notes, November 6, 1972)
According to an article on “New Library Planning” which appeared in the Library Bulletin, April 1965, the seating in the “Smoking Rooms” was to equal about 15 % of the total library seating
(5th floor smoking lounge, now the Murray Room. Note the ashtray on the table)
Something "short, memorable, and appropriate" was requested by Library Administration. The prize, $25 cash, was won by Linda Smith, whose entry GEORGE was picked from almost 40 suggested names.
(Mock-up of GEORGE brochure, 1984; Photograph of GEORGE introductory catalog screen)
In 1976, the American Institute of Architects recognized the Library’s design with its Award of Merit for distinguished accomplishment in library architecture. The AIA certificate can currently be seen on display in the Library’s 5th floor exhibition space.
(Mid-Week Report, Sept. 8, 1976)