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Baker Reopens as Intellectual Hub of HBS

Published: 09/15/2005

Following a two-year, $53.4 million million renovation, Baker Library has been both restored to its historic splendor and retrofitted for electronic life in the twenty-first century-the epitome of the spectrum of tradition and innovation, both at the heart of HBS. The restored Baker not only offers researchers a wealth of new tools to do their work, but is poised to become the intellectual hub of the campus, bringing together faculty, students, and academics from all over the world.

We will offer more details on these improvements in the months to come, but here are some highlights:

Baker Exchange Located inside the south entrance, Baker Exchange is a collaborative space where MBA and doctoral students, faculty, and staff gather to talk and learn about the latest in the business and financial world. Workstations provide access to real-time research tools, and the space features large plasma screen displays with live financial and business news, as well as market morning calls with analysts. You'll also be able to catch up on HBS media events held on campus.

Financial Databases Room This new area provides access to numerous databases, including Bloomberg Academic, Compustat Research Insight, Datastream, SDC Platinum, and WRDS. Except for Bloomberg, these databases are reserved for the use of Harvard faculty, students, and staff. The Financial Databases Room is located inside the Stamps Reading Room.

Stamps Reading Room The newly renovated reading room has been restored to its original beauty with significant upgrades. Named for a gift from the Stamps family, it now includes twenty-eight workstations with flat screen monitors, a wireless network, and network drops and power at every seat. Other equipment upgrades include new micro-form reader/printers that can send electronic copies of articles to your e-mail account. Comfortable seating and air-conditioning provide a marvelous environment for individual study.

de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room All of the holdings of the Historical Collections Department--the Business Manuscripts Collections, the Kress Collection, HBS Archives, and the Baker Old Class Collection--are now available for use. Reading room hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Formal appointments are not required. However, we do request that researchers contact us in advance, since many of the collections remain at the Harvard Depository. Contact the Historical Collections Reference Desk at x56411 or

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