Painting of Mary Norton Clapp that hangs in the Academic Commons, near the border to the older wing of the library, Sept. 21, 2012.
(Photo by Marc Campos, Occidental College Photographer)
From Occidental Magazine:
"When Oxy faculty and students moved into the new Eagle Rock campus in the fall of 1914, they found the college library housed in temporary quarters in a long, narrow room on the ground floor of Fowler Hall, “one of the features which made the new campus a less-than-satisfactory setting for the end of a college career,” Leroy Doig 1915 recalled.
Eight years later, when Emma Hayes Norton announced her intention to fund construction of a new library building in memory of her daughter, the second wife of Oxy trustee E.P. Clapp, it gave the campus the central academic gathering place it had lacked. So essential has the Mary Norton Clapp Library been to the Oxy experience (“the central heartbeat of the College,” Chaplain Hubert C. Noble said in 1954) that it has twice been expanded—first in 1956 and again in 1971, with gifts from business executive Norton Clapp ’27, Mary’s son.
Although the nature of its collection is shifting from print to a mix of print and digital, the unrelenting demands on the library remain the same: longer hours, more flexible services, and additional space for seminar and study rooms. The College is currently engaged in the process of reimagining the building and its programs as the Clapp Library and the Academic Commons—a space that remains the intellectual heart of the campus."
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