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A New Place for Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Funded by a generous gift of $132,000 from GW Libraries Development Advisory Council member Andrew Oliver, the new Oliver Reading Room on the 6th floor of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library is now a multipurpose space. Utilized as a classroom, event space, and collaborative study space and reading room for students and researchers, it houses a portion of the Andrew Oliver Book Collection for Classical and Near Eastern Studies. The book collection, valued at $425,000, honors the memory of Mr. Oliver's wife, Diana Buitron-Oliver, a distinguished archaeologist, and was assembled by the couple to support their own research and writing projects.

The space is already a success. Alex Zafros (CCAS, ’13) shared this view of the Oliver Reading Room:

"…I decided to write a paper in a new location - the Oliver Reading room, where we meet regularly for our Latin class. I walked in thinking I would complete my paper, and walked out having fallen in love with the incredible collection of classics texts along the walls. From the Loeb series dominating the back wall to even a particular book on "Municipal Virtues in Ancient Rome," Mr. Oliver's collection is a wonderful and hidden gem for all GW Classics majors."

Members of the GW Libraries Development Advisory Council gathered with Andrew Oliver on September 29 for a celebratory champagne toast in the Oliver Reading Room. An official opening reception was held on December 4.

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