Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Wessell Library, 1964-1997
|Named for President Nils Y. Wessell, who ushered Tufts into its second century, the Wessell Library was constructed in 1964-65 to replace Eaton Library as the library for Arts and Sciences on the Medford campus.|
Construction began in January 1964, following a design competition sponsored by the university and sanctioned by the American Institute of Architects. Four Boston firms participated in the competition, with Campbell, Aldrich and Nulty being chosen as the firm to design the university's new library. The building, recessed into the hillside, spanned 95,000 square feet. The project's total cost was over $2.9 million upon its completion and dedication in September 1965.
Wessell Library contained faculty studies, seminar rooms, the Mark Memorial Lounge, areserve reading room, as well as significantly increased stack space and modern study facilities. The library served Arts and Sciences for more than thirty years, until 1997, when the Tisch Library opened. Tisch Library is built around and encompasses the original Wessell Library structure in a significantly expanded facility.