than 200 people turned out Wednesday, September 24, to celebrate the
symbolic first turning of the earth for the Joe and Rika Mansueto
Library—an event that broke new ground in several senses. As the crowd
gathered under a tent near the heart of campus, speaker after speaker
noted the significance of putting a new library on that important piece
of ground: putting books at the center of the enterprise. Read more . .
Video of ceremony
Text of remarks by Andrew Abbott
Text of remarks by Judith Nadler
The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 11 a.m., at 57th Street and Ellis Avenue, at the future site of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, beside the Joseph Regenstein Library.