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AUB President’s Club supports relocation, expansion, and renovation of Jafet Library’s student computer lab

​​​Jafet Library’s student computer lab has been relocated, expanded, and renovated to accommodate for 45 state-of-the-art computers, in addition to other equipment, thanks to the financial support of the AUB President’s Club, who donated more than $200,000 to complete this essential project at the University Libraries.

The new computer lab is modern and high-end, tailored to students’ daily needs. It will go a long way towards improving students’ experiences at the Libraries and at AUB. The renovated computer lab is now more spacious and comprises modern furniture and contemporary equipment.

Students can now benefit from the latest powerful computers, with full HD screens, in addition to printing, photocopying and modern scanning devices. Students can enjoy the new Windows 10 and Office 2016 experience.

The lab is also equipped with 5 high-end i-Mac computers, with 27-inch retina display screens.

This project is not the first one to be completed at the Libraries thanks to the generous and long-standing support of The President’s Club, who also financed the refurbishment and renovation of a number of study areas last year. (Click here to read the article).

President Khuri, Dean McGreevy, several Members of the President’s club, contributing departments’ staff members and special guests gathered in Jafet Library on the afternoon of November 4th to inaugurate the new computer lab.

Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, addressed the attendees first, thanking the President, the President’s Club, FPDU, the IT Department, the Physical Plant, and the Library team for their remarkable work and support.

“For 35 years, the President’s Club has helped AUB and its students in so many significant ways, but I think what the Club has done and continues to do in Jafet Library, [in my opinion] is the Club’s most valuable and most remarkable contribution to students’ needs.” said Dr. Meho. “Hundreds of students enter this building on a daily basis thanks to the study rooms that were developed last year with support from the Club, and hundreds more will visit as a result of developing this beautiful Computer Lab. I am sure you can imagine how happy the students will be with this new facility and with the impact you are making on their lives, their AUB experience, and their success. ”

AUB President, Dr. Fadlo Khuri thanked the President’s club as well as the University Library, saying “This library, for all of us who have been in this college as students, faculty, staff or administrators, is a unique and resident thing, but the fact is that our ambitions and our desires and our goals and our expectations of the students’ [numbers] have outstripped the facilities, so this is a particularly resident gift . . . as we embark on our second “150 years” and as we recall with great affection and admiration, one of its greatest children, Nami Jafet, that we modernize for our students their capacity and their ability to excel”

“The rationale provided by Dr. Meho to the President’s club was quite convincing and we did not hesitate to provide Jafet Library with the needed amount. The university library has faced- since it was housed in 2 rooms in the Near East corner in College Hall- an endemic space problem. Jafet library, which was inaugurated in 1952, became inadequate as of 1959 according to Mr. Kent, the University Librarian back then. It was intended to serve around 1,600 students. Since then, student enrollment has increased tremendously exceeding now 8,000.” said Mrs. Mona Khalaf, President of the AUB President’s Club, adding: “We, at the President’s club, felt that it was a must to contribute to solve two problems, namely: 1) expanding the students’ space and 2) setting up a computer lab comparable to those in peer institutions.”

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