Art in the Library

You asked:

I have a super weird question but one that I had always wondered about every time I come to the library…. There are 3 video monitors that are visible upon entering the webster library on the top of the staircase (directly facing the stairs) and they all appear to be zoomed in on a couple of random bookshelves… I suppose my question is what exactly is the purpose of these video monitors? Are the books that the camera is focused on really expensive and rare or something? To discourage theft? I dunno…

 I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the library staff for starting to take noise complaint more seriously now. I have seen staff go around with red clips boards handing out warnings to noise violators! Keep it up 🙂

Thanks for your question. When the building opened in 1992, Montréal artist Rose-Marie Goulet created art installations. One of them is the installation with the cameras and video screens that you see as you come up the stairs into the Webster Library. The screens show activity from three different places in the library. They are not meant to serve a security purpose, but to show different aspects of things that happen at a library. Thank you for asking! Perhaps others were wondering the same thing. Thanks also for your positive feedback about our efforts to control noise.

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