Thomas H. Kean Reading Room & Gallery

This architect’s rendering is a prototype for the Thomas H. Kean Reading Room & Gallery, which will transform the former lobby of the 1930s era Rose Memorial Library building. Commissioned murals will depict historic scenes of the Drew campus and the New Jersey State House in Trenton. The design of the room will also incorporate some personal items donated by the Governor. Funded by private donors, the space will honor Governor Kean, creating an exceptional reading room for the use of students. Renovation began in mid- October and is expected to be completed early in 2012.

The Drew University Library houses an important archive of Kean documents, the Governor Thomas H. Kean Collection, covering Kean’s years as governor of New Jersey from1982-1990, and as president of Drew University from 1990-2005. The Kean Room will feature a dedicated computer station for searching and displaying digitized items from the archive. Representative items will be exhibited, while the archive remains accessible to students and scholars on request through the University Library’s Special Collections.