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In 1890, students were thrilled to discover their new library with “tables and chairs conveniently placed, and in every way possible the wants of the students anticipated.” Since 1892 each library space has included rooms devoted to reading, and as a result, the functionality and number of chairs have remained an important consideration in library designs. North Hall’s popularity as a student study space pointed to its severe deficiencies with “students sitting on the window sills….”
Bonnell, Angela L., "Slide deck 08: What’s in a Chair (1 panel)" (2018). Serving Students: The Legacy of Milner’s Library. 9.