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Expanded Brooklyn College Library Café Reopens October 7

Expanded Brooklyn College Library Café Reopens with Ribbon Cutting

Bobbi and Morton Topfer, President Kimmich, and City Council member Michael C. Nelson at the ribbon cutting.

Last fall, construction began to expand the Library Café, one of the most popular hangouts at Brooklyn College. The welcome addition to the Morton and Angela Topfer Library Café, funded by Speaker Gifford Miller and the Brooklyn delegation of the New York City Council, was opened with a ribbon cutting and reception on Friday, October 7, at the Library Café, on the lower level of Whitehead Hall. In attendance were Bobbi and Morton Topfer and Council members Michael C. Nelson, Dominic Recchia, and Lew Fidler.

The sleek electronic study café opened in January 1999 and was initially funded with a $1.6 million capital grant from the New York City Council. A few months later, former vice-chairman of Dell Computer Corporation Morton Topfer, '59, and his wife, Angela donated $1 million to help support and maintain the facility.
President Kimmich with Council members Lew Fidler and Dominic Recchia inside the Library Café, expanded with New York City funding to twice its size.

The Library Café serves up to eight hundred students per day. It is the only City University of New York facility that is open to students twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The 6,000-square-foot computing facility, which housed fifty high-speed computers, was expanded to make room for an additional thirty computers, a small pavilion, and a bar along a curved glass wall, with eighteen portals for laptop computers.

The café features power plug-ins and modems and network connections for laptops. Also, a large selection of software packages that complement course work in many areas of study is available to students. The café has four group-study rooms, lounge seating, and a Starbucks Café serving beverages, snacks, and biscotti. Support staff will be available during the day and evening.

The architectural firm of Thanhauser & Esterson designed the original café in an elegant combination of warm woods, brushed metals, transparent wiring tubes, and halogen lighting. Studio A Architects designed the expansion of the café.