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Lamont Wraps Up Year-Long Anniversary Celebration

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Lynn Sayers, Library Administration and Events Coordinator at Lamont Library, offered coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts to students as part of the celebration of Lamont's 60th anniversary.

December 14, 2009 – The year-long celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the opening of Lamont Library wrapped up December 9 with students enjoying free coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts offered by library staff.

The first academic library in the United States specifically designed for undergraduate students, Lamont was conceived by Keyes D. Metcalf, Librarian of Harvard College and Director of the Harvard University Library from 1937 to 1955.

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Planning for the library began as early as 1938, and the facility opened in January of 1949, named in honor of Thomas W. Lamont, Class of 1892. The library opened with 80,000 volumes, and today has holdings of more than 500,000 items.

Among the events held to commemorate the anniversary were: a “Where in Lamont” photo contest, which asked students to identify where in the library close-up and unusual photos were taken; a crossword puzzle/raffle in which students completed a Lamont-themed crossword puzzle to enter a prize drawing; and a poetry-themed event to highlight the collections in the Woodberry Poetry Room.