Fourth Level - Bates & Merwin Reading Room

Bates & Merwin Reading Room Bates & Merwin Reading Room

The Bates & Merwin Reading Room is the crown jewel of The Ames Library.  This circular space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling mahogany bookcases which are accessed by an old-fashioned rolling library ladder. The reading room is richly appointed with pocket doors that can be closed to provide an intimate space for special occasions.

In honor of the late Minor Myers, jr. (1942-2003), 17th president of Illinois Wesleyan University (1989-2003), this area houses the Minor Myers, jr. Honors Collection.  This collection contains over 2,200 books that have received honors throughout the world and includes award-winning books in the areas of art, cooking, fiction, history, poetry, science and more.  Books from the Minor Myers, jr. Honors Collection may be checked out from the library for a 28-day loan period, with the option of one renewal.  To browse the titles in this collection, access the online catalog and enter "Minor Myers jr., Honors Collection".      

Also, surrounding the Bates & Merwin Reading Room are 16 stained glass panels from Pembroke College which are suspended from the skylights.


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Last revised: July 29, 2013