As Harper Memorial Library approaches its centennial, the University of Chicago is celebrating another major milestone for the historic space: the creation of the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center.
The new learning center comprises the existing Harper Library Reading Room and the Stuart North Reading Room, and will be named in honor of Arley D. Cathey Sr., MD. The name recognizes the generosity of his son, Arley D. Cathey Jr., PhB’50, who has made a pledge to UChicago of approximately $17 million.
Future plans for the space include architectural restoration and infrastructure upgrades in Harper.
“Harper Memorial Library stands as a testament to the vision of our first president, William Rainey Harper,” said John W. Boyer, dean of the College. “Arley Cathey’s generosity is a tribute to Harper, and it will allow this beautiful memorial to flourish in its second century.”
The Arley D. Cathey Learning Center will be dedicated Friday, June 1, at the annual Alumni and Faculty Reception during Alumni Weekend. The celebration at Harper Memorial Library, which is open to alumni and friends, leads up to the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the library, which took place on June 11, 1912.