To the Editor:
The new Princeton Public Library is scheduled to open on or about April 1. Although we are immersed in hundreds of last-minute decisions and details that need our attention over the next few weeks, we want to take a moment to thank Princeton University for its invaluable gifts to the library.
The University's extraordinary financial contribution helped kick off our capital campaign. This gift reinforced for the community the importance of the new library. Once the University was behind our project many other individuals and organizations contributed to our campaign.
But the University's gifts to the library go far beyond its capital contribution. Princeton University has been exceedingly generous in offering the library the expertise of its staff as well as technological resources that have enabled us to offer services that far exceed those offered by other public libraries. More than 20 Princeton University faculty and staff members contributed time and expertise directly to our project in the areas of technology, fund-raising and development, construction planning, art procurement, and the establishment of our library store.
The free high-speed Internet connections provided by the University ensure that our customers have the fastest and most reliable pipeline to the World Wide Web. Purchasing this kind of service on the open market would limit the level of Internet service we could offer to the community.
In short, we couldn't have achieved much of what we've done without the University's help. When we celebrate our grand opening on May 15 we will welcome the University community back to the new public library that they helped make possible.