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The Claw at work. You can follow the progress of construction at with pictures and updates from Chief Information Officer Ron Davidson’s blog.
The Claw at work. You can follow the progress of construction at with pictures and updates from Chief Information Officer Ron Davidson’s blog.
Photo: Charles Barry

Even before demolition of the Orradre Library building was complete, this summer workers began pouring the foundation for the new Learning Commons and Library. Steel beams will soon be rising to frame the building that will be the new actual and symbolic center of the University.

Building a new library was identified as a key capital project several years ago, when it became clear how much had changed about the way students study, research, and work collaboratively. “At a commons, students and people gather together to exchange ideas, to learn, to have coffee, to enjoy each other’s company,” said President Paul Locatelli, S.J., during his speech at the June 14 groundbreaking ceremony. “They are learning together, not alone.”

During the two-year construction process, SCU will lack only a centralized, physical library building. All services and resources have been relocated. Library staff have moved to several locations across campus, including the Leavey Center and the modular Interim Library, located near Buck Shaw Stadium. The Interim Library was open for business at the end of June, and students wasted no time settling in.

The University collections were moved to the ARS, where they remain accessible to students, staff, and faculty through the automated retrieval technology. This fall, the ground floor of Nobili Hall opened for use with study halls and computer resources. step at a time

Although construction is under way, fundraising for the new library is still active and a major priority. As the Campaign for Santa Clara University comes to an end, meeting the goals for capital projects is critical. Although there have been several significant gifts to the new library, individual participation in the Campaign has been equally important. To date, alumni and individual gifts amount to almost half the total amount raised.

The University wanted to create a way for more people to take part in the Campaign, to meet the final goal of 50 percent alumni participation, but also a way to recognize their contributions. As part of the new landscape plan, the walkways outside the new Commons and Library will be tiled with paver stones of several different sizes, surrounding benches, tables, and welcoming outdoor spaces.

Individuals can sponsor a paver for as little as $250, with proceeds going to the library campaign construction fund. Every paver stone allows the donor to personalize an inscription, such as a personal message, a family name, or a memorial for someone special.

“It’s a good deal, for a good cause,” said Marty Sammon ’56, MBA ’63. His was one of the first orders for a paver; it will read “Sammon Family, 56, 63, 82, 83” for himself and his two daughters, also Santa Clara graduates.

By the beginning of November, more than 250 pavers had been purchased and personalized.


Commemorative paver

Santa Clara paver

Purchase a commemorative paver
What message will you set in stone for future SCU students? Pricing and order options are available at

Make a donation to the Campaign for Santa Clara
The campaign ends Dec. 31, after three very successful years. During that time, more than 25,000 people have made gifts or pledges, totaling almost $400 million. The University is very grateful for every dollar and every donation. Make your gift online today at


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