The Van Pelt-Dietrich Library was just a glint in an architect's eye in the 1953 yearbook. For its 40th reunion, the Class of 1953 contributed to the renovation of the interior space of the building that became a reality in 1962.
The Class of 1953 provided a Group Study Suite in the Lippincott Library of The Wharton School on the second floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. The two rooms include blackboards and are wired to accommodate laptop computer hookups. Tempered glass walls lend both an open feel and a level of security to the spaces, and class memorabilia remind today's scholars of the "wisdom and friendship" members of the Class of 1953 found at Penn. The group study rooms, which are available to all Penn students, offer an environment for the kind of collaborative learning that is essential to 21st century scholarship.