Earl Gregg Swem Libary, Williamsburg

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The Earl Gregg Swem Library is located on Landrum Drive at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The library is named for Earl Gregg Swem, College Librarian from 1920-1944. In 2008, the Princeton Review rated William & Mary's library system as the eighth best in the United States. The ranking was based on a survey of 120,000 students from 368 campuses nationwide.
Detailed discussions of plans for the library were held in 1963 and the groundbreaking ceremonies were held later that year on October 11, 1963, at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. The actual groundbreaking occurred a few weeks after the ceremonies. The cornerstone of the library was laid on October 22, 1964, and the building was scheduled for completion around December 1965. The building officially opened on January 4, 1966, although it was not fully complete. The official dedication ceremony for the library was held on Charter Day, February 12, 1966. The Tucker-Coleman Room of the library was dedicated on November 11, 1966.
At the time of its completion, the ground floor of Swem Library contained the Botetourt Gallery, an auditorium, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture offices, a rare book room, an honors room, a museum, an audio/visual department, a film preview room, and a faculty lounge. The first floor contained a reserve room, an after-hours reading room, a reference department, and typing and meeting rooms. The second floor contained administration rooms, conference rooms, and stacks. There was a fire in the Botetourt Theater in 1972 that destroyed a projection booth. A Micro Computer Lab opened in the library on February 13, 1984.
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  • I went there to research my Virginia ancestors. I was able to handle original documents that had historical information about my 17th century Virginia ancestors.  more »
  • This Library is second to none. Staff is excellent and very knowledgeable in their field. Would recommend to anyone that needs to do serious research.  more »
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  • Incredible facilities. They really do the best they can working with a limited budget. Awesome media center and print services. And the archives are mind-blowing.
  • Has pretty much everything you would want - lots of quiet areas, private rooms, computers. The basement media center has hardware (cameras, microphones, MIDI keyboards) and software (After Effects, Photoshop, Logic Pro X) that you should definitely check out if you come here. Just a modern, comfortable space in general.

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