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Rothenberg Reading Room Dedicated




In January 2012, at a ceremony attended by staff, researchers, and friends, the Library’s main reading room was formally dedicated as the Rothenberg Reading Room, honoring the leadership and generosity of Anne and Jim Rothenberg, who funded its recent renovation. 


The reading room was built in 1930 and is the central space for scholars to work and study.  The renovation included numerous upgrades that will help facilitate scholarship, including new ergonomic furniture, better lighting, and wireless internet connectivity.


As major donors, the Rothenbergs have played an active role at The Huntington for more than a decade, sup­porting important institutional projects through their philanthropy.


Anne deepened her own involvement when she was elected to The Huntington’s Board of Overseers in 2001. She was elevated to the governing Board of Trustees in 2005.


“I am pleased to be able to honor Anne’s leadership and also to recognize the strategic commitment of both Anne and Jim to our mission and institutional strength,” said Huntington President Steve Koblik. “We could not ask for more outstanding volunteers, donors, or friends.”


The reading room renovation is the latest of several major improvements within the main Library complex designed to better house staff and collections and to provide appropriate accommodations for researchers.




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