Eckles Library: Jewel of the Mount Vernon Campus
Despite the relaxed environs of GW’s Mount Vernon Campus (MVC), nestled in D.C.’s Foxhall neighborhood, Eckles Library is a busy hive of academic life. Walk into Eckles during the semester, and you’ll find students studying in the open and airy atrium and reading in one of the library’s cozy alcoves. Other students are hard at work in the computer labs, going over papers with consultants from the GW Writing Center, or talking with discipline-specific tutors.
But the importance of Eckles to students on the MVC goes beyond just studying. The ever-growing Eckles Flix collection has close to a thousand titles featuring films selected each year by student vote. The library is also a natural place for congregating on the MVC—from Foreign Language Café conversations to receptions and student group events, Eckles is a abuzz with student academic and extracurricular activity.
Rotating exhibits in the library showcase student works, including photographs from GW Alternative Spring Break trips, art projects from students in the Women’s Leadership Program, or lamps made by Interior Design majors. And during finals, the library’s small but dedicated staff keeps Eckles running 24-7, offering late-night popcorn and sandwiches to fuel hungry studiers.
Eckles Library is also home to a devoted coterie of student employees—who hone their research and public service skills, mentoring each other and helping their peers—and the Eckles Prize, which recognizes students for outstanding research during their freshman year. Highlighting their use of library resources, the Eckles Prize culminates in a public presentation by the winners. Always stimulating, the event showcases how undergraduates, even during their first year, can produce sophisticated scholarship.
A study space, a workplace, a film library, a research center, a social hub, a quiet place to read, and oh, so much more—it’s easy to see why Eckles Library wins so many fans.