The renovation was funded by 5,464 donors. The largest gift came from alumnus Ed Anderson and his wife Linda Cabot. Many rooms within the building bear the names of the project's financial supporters, including alumni: Helen Crossley; Cappy (Catherine) Shopneck; Paul and Alesia Chan; Margot Gilbert Frank and M Allan Frank; the Deline family (three generations); Marshall Fogel; Jane Quinette; and Doug Scrivner.
During the renovation, many of the library’s books, journals and government documents were moved off-site. Housed in the Hampden Center, those materials are quickly delivered to the University of Denver campus when requested. Books that are kept in the newly renovated Commons include nearly all of those published within the last 30 years, the highest circulating books and books that have significant visual imagery.
For more information about the building remodel, visit:
- 10 Years in the Making: A video documenting the grand opening.
- Construction Time Lapse: See the nearly two-year construction project condensed into five minutes.
- The Books are Back: See what it took to bring the Penrose Collection of books back to their new home.
- Opening Week: Relive the excitement of the first week at the Commons.