The Ahmanson Foundation Supports Clark Library Renovation

Published: December 8, 2015

The Center is pleased to announce a new award from The Ahmanson Foundation to support important renovations at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. For the past thirty years The Amhanson Foundation has been the library’s most devoted benefactor and continues to make possible innovative academic and cultural programs in keeping with the university’s mission and with the vision and interests of William A. Clark, Jr.

The award provides for:

  • Clark Library_Pre Construction 150407a new office suite that moves the Ahmanson-Getty Fellows from windowless cubicles with no Wi-Fi in the lower level of the Clark Library to spacious, well-lit rooms in the North Range building. Larger desks, ergonomic chairs, expanded shelving, and reliable Wi-Fi will dramatically improve the environmental conditions of each Fellow’s “study.”


  • Clark Library_Pre Construction 150407a smart classroom, created in a former foyer, with a seminar table, seating for up to ten students, and a state-of-the-art projection system linked to the Internet. Professors will now be able to incorporate visual materials (images, diagrams, reproductions) in their class sessions, making possible the comparative study of Clark holdings with digitized resources from distinguished research collections worldwide.
  • Clark Library_Pre Construction 150407the renovation of the Reading Room, the heart of all research and scholarly advancement at the Clark. As part of the renovation, all reading tables and staff desks will be replaced to create a superior research environment for the next generation of scholars at the Clark.