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ROSENBERG LIBRARY - The Gibson Reading Room

On November 16, 2011, Rosenberg Library officially dedicated The Gibson Reading Room.  The room was established and upgraded as part of a larger library restoration and renovation project from bequests of The Honorable Hugh and Mrs. Evalyn Gibson, long-time Galveston residents and beloved community leaders.

Gibson Reading Room
Left: The Gibson Reading Room

Right:  The Honorable Hugh and Mrs. Evalyn Gibson

The Gibson Reading Room, along with the Friends bookstore and reading room, occupies space just beyond the original Librarian's offices in what was the "Book Room" of the library.
Honorable Judge and Mrs. Evalyn Gibson

An excerpt from Henry Rosenberg, 1824-1893, published by the Rosenberg Library board of Directors in 1918, provides the following description of the book room:

Beyond the lending desk opening from the corridor without partition is the general book room occupying the whole west end of the main story. This room is used both for the lending department and the reference department. The children's department also was here until the growth of the Library in size and use compelled its removal in 1915 to the larger quarters in the second story originally designed for this purpose. The electric lighting in the corridor and generally throughout the building is from lights with reflectors placed near the ceiling.

1904 General Book Room
The Book Room, ca. 1904

1904 floor plan, 1st floor
Original floor plan 1904

Room renovation plansIn 2010, during "Rosenberg Restored - Phase IV," the library underwent extensive interior renovations and restoration, returning many of its historical architectural and design elements.  As part of that undertaking, the Gibson Reading Room was outfitted with beautiful new, historically appropriate lighting and furniture.

The entire space of the old Book Room was brightened with fresh paint approximating the original library color scheme and plaster repairs to walls and ceiling.  New carpeting and lighting with antique oak furniture created a warm and inviting atmosphere for quiet relaxation and reading.  Wi-Fi internet access was extended to the area to provide high speed web connection for laptop computer users.  The Gibson Reading Room serves as the library's periodicals department, with current issues of popular magazines lining the west wall.

Tribute case with documents


Gibson Reading RoomGibson Reading Room

The Gibson Reading Rooom, 2011

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