Lighting Our Library

Made out of almost all aluminum and glass – Hunt Library certainly stands out on the Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh campus.

When Roy and Rachel Hunt made a generous gift in 1961 to open Hunt Library, Roy Hunt was a prominent figure in the aluminum industry. Over the past 50 years, Hunt Library has continued to evolve and remains a centerpiece of learning and student interaction at Carnegie Mellon.

Now as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hunt Library’s opening, the Hunt Foundation made another gift to campus – a permanent exterior lighting system.

Remember the Pausch Bridge? Cindy Limauro, a professor of lighting design at CMU, Christopher Popowich of C&C Lighting, LCC, and CMU students designed lighting for the bridge in 2009. Now they’ve designed the library lighting to complement it.

The color-changing capability of the lights showcases the energy of campus activity throughout the night and allows different looks to be created for holidays or special campus events, such as Commencement, Homecoming and Carnival.

Since opening in 1961, Hunt Library has continued to evolve, remaining a centerpiece of learning and student interaction at CMU today.

On Nov. 20 Carnegie Mellon recognized the Hunt family’s contributions to the university with a celebration event. The event also honored and acknowledged the importance of Hunt Library in today’s Carnegie Mellon experience, as well as debuted the new exterior lighting of the library.

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