Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) new William H. Hannon Library, which college officials expect to become the cultural and intellectual hub of the campus, officially opened Sunday, August 30th.

During the grand opening ceremony, LMU Board of Trustees Chairman Chad Dreier welcomed numerous donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members in commemorating the historic event.

Kristine Brancolini, dean of the William H. Hannon Library, acknowledged the efforts of LMU President Robert B. Lawton in ensuring that the new library was built.

“LMU has built a library that’s better than we are,” Lawton said at the event. “What this library says to us is ‘have high ambitions, high aspirations, aim for great academic achievement’ … it also represents the dreams, generous dreams, and aspirations of our donors.”

California State Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr and Cardinal Roger Mahony also took part in the ceremony.

The library features many amenities, including the Fletcher Jones Foundation Media Lounge and Café, and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Information Commons with 80 computers from which students may access full-text articles from more than 44,000 online journals, magazines and newspapers.

The Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Archives and Special Collections department houses rare books, art and artifacts, manuscript collections and papers from leaders and organizations in Los Angeles history, as well as documents and records of the university.

Information, http://library.lmu.edu/.