The Second Life of the Low Library Furniture

  After the opening of South Hall (now known as Butler Library), Low Library was no longer the main library on campus. The reading room in the Rotunda was dismantled and the space was transformed into ceremonial space or used as a lecture hall, a function it serves to this day. But what happened to […]

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Inside Low Library: the Offices of the Presidents

On the Morningside campus, Low Library has always been the home of Columbia University Presidents but the office space has changed over the years. The Office of the President is currently listed as 202 Low Library. This suite of offices includes room 201, on the southwest corner, which is currently President Lee Bollinger’s office. However, […]

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Low Library as an Athletics Training Facility?

Low Library has been a library, a home for the administration and a ceremonial space for events, but did you know that it was once the home to the crew team’s rowing tanks? Deep in the sub basement, the crew team used to practice in Low while the Harlem River was frozen.   […]

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