Salem State University set to open new $74m library

This view from the new $74 million Frederick E. Berry Library at Salem State University looks out toward the college green.
This view from the new $74 million Frederick E. Berry Library at Salem State University looks out toward the college green.Credit: Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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For the past six years, the interim library at Salem State University has served its purpose admirably.

The temporary space met the needs of students, faculty, and staff, but it was just not big enough, said Susan Cirillo, Salem State’s dean of the library and instructional learning and support.

Salem State is just days away from officially opening the $74 million, 122,000-square-foot Frederick E. Berry Library. Not only bigger, the new facility is designed for the modern library user, placing people before books, Cirillo said.

The new library has about 1,000 study seats, 150 personal computers, and 12 group study rooms. State-of-the-art technology is available throughout, including paint that can transform walls in the study rooms to dry-erase boards. Desks are adjustable to accommodate people with disabilities or special needs.

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