In April 1964, the University of Connecticut announced renovations to the Wilbur Cross Library, with an emphasis on comfort.
Air conditioning and higher quality lighting were features of the new wing, which included 50 percent more usable study space.
The books were planned to follow a new organizational system, with books for undergraduates on the first two floors. The new wing would also house the reference room, circulation desk and government publications.
There was also a special reading lounge designated for smokers.
The university anticipated that after renovations, there would be an increase in library usage of up to 60 percent.
The Wilbur Cross Library was a popular study spot on the Storrs campus until Homer Babbidge Library was opened in 1978.
Ashley Anglisano is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.