Open House: The Barnard Library in the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning
About The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning
The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning at Barnard College, which is built on the former site of Lehman Hall, has been conceived in design, structure, and program to celebrate our stellar faculty, ambitious students, and talented staff. It provides a diverse range of innovative and essential resources that will continue Barnard’s legacy for decades to come. The building stands at the core of both a Barnard education and our campus in Morningside Heights. Designed by the award-winning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 128,000-square-foot building—with a base of five floors and a tower of eleven floors adjacent to Altschul Hall—is a distinctive place that convenes students and faculty, facilitates collaboration, and fosters dialogue.
The Milstein Center includes a library that brings together current technologies and learning spaces in an interactive setting. It is a dynamic academic hub of the campus, linking departments and disciplines both physically and philosophically. In addition to classroom space, study space, and academic department space, The Milstein Center houses the library:a core collection of books, journals, zines, and special collections that support a strong liberal arts education and enhanced storage for the entire Archives collection, along with the Hope L. and John L. Furth Archive Reading Room for scholarship, innovative centers including the Design Center (makerspace), Digital Humanities Center, Elsie K. Sloate Media Center, Empirical Reasoning Center, Center for Engaged Pedagogy, Movement Lab, and the Vagelos Computational Science Center (connected to science classrooms and labs in neighboring Altschul Hall). The Milstein Center is also the site of the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Athena Center for Leadership, and several academic departments.