The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University has completed a major renovation that addresses the changing technological and scholarly needs of its diverse community of users.
The remodel maintains the unique style of Hungarian born architect, Marcel Breuer, the original designer of the space in 1974, and includes a reading room, classroom, conference room, six private studies for visiting scholars, and staff offices. Every space supports connection to HMML’s online resources. New exhibition cases allow students and visiting scholars to conduct their research in an environment shaped by HMML’s rich collections of rare books and art.
“HMML’s renovation recognizes that technology is now embedded in research and teaching. Now we can offer a range of spaces conducive to both individual and collaborative study,” said the Rev. Columba Stewart, OSB, HMML’s executive director. “With this renovation, HMML is positioned as a major center for research and outreach related to the cultures whose manuscripts we have photographed, cataloged and shared with the world.”
HMML’s main entrance has been reoriented to a foyer connected to Saint John’s University’s Alcuin Library, making HMML’s reading room and scholar studies accessible during Alcuin Library’s open hours. HMML’s reference collection and other scholar services are available during HMML’s open hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.