Freshening the Air—and the View

Libraries Install Living Wall at McKeldin
by Chris Carroll | Photo by John T. Consoli

You might do a double take if you haven’t been in McKeldin Library for a while, but don’t worry—rogue plants aren’t taking over. The vertical expanse of green to the right near Footnotes Cafe is a “biowall,” funded primarily by a recent donation from Patricia Steele, former libraries dean, and her husband, Charles, and from the student-financed Sustainability Fund. Gary White, the libraries’ associate dean for public services, says it’s intended to create a better atmosphere for guests—both visually and in air quality—during the renovation of McKeldin’s ground floor, and will continue spreading green good vibes once the work is done.


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