Renovation of the Dana Porter Library's sixth floor

Students enjoying the renovated 6th floor of the Dana Porter Library

The sixth floor of DP is a hidden gem — a secret you want to keep to yourself, but you tell your friends because they have to experience it for themselves.– Yebin Chung, Mathematics and Business

Students are enjoying the Dana Porter Library’s recently renovated sixth floor. New features include adjustable study carrels, lockers for students to store their valuables, a new group study room, and comfortable lounge seating. This renovation was inspired by a generous seed gift of $100,000 by Elise Devitt in memory of her late husband James Devitt.

The furniture on the 6th floor of DP actually motivates me to go to the library to study.– Melika Bozorgi, Honours Science

The James & Elise Devitt Study Room and grand opening

The James & Elise Devitt Study Room is equipped with the latest technology to facilitate effective group work, including a four-screen display with laptop connections. 

The grand opening of the James & Elise Devitt study room took place in December 2012. It was an event that brought together Elise Devitt, her family and friends, and library staff to celebrate over refreshments, remarks, and a slideshow featuring pictures of the renovation.

The grand opening included remarks from Elise Devitt; University Librarian, Mark Haslett; Vice-President of Advancement, Ken McGillivray; and a personal friend and former colleague of Elise’s, Dr. William Pulleyblank. Dr. Pulleybank is a Professor of Operations Research at the United States Military Academy and also a former University of Waterloo professor, as well as a current member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Quantum Computing.

“Elise’s gift has enabled the Library to envision possibilities for how an entire floor can be redesigned to best meet students’ needs,” Mark Haslett remarked at the opening. “It is a gift that inspires others to see first-hand the impact that their support can make to students at Waterloo.”

The Library thanks Elise Devitt for her generous support! Students will benefit from this renovation immediately and for many, many years to come.