Just south of Old Main is a large grassy field surrounded by buildings. The Norlin Quadrangle is a national historic district and the home of CU’s first three buildings. It is named for George Norlin, a classics professor who served as CU’s president from 1917 to 1939. Some of the best examples of campus architecture are located around the quad: Norlin Library, McKenna and Hellems. The most recent addition to the quad is the Eaton Humanities building, with 16 classrooms and three lecture halls using the latest instructional technology. The restored Macky Auditorium is a campus and community favorite.
The centerpiece of the quad is Norlin Library. Norlin is the largest library in the University Libraries system, which also includes the William H. White Business Library; Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library; L.H. Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics; and Howard B.Waltz Music Library. The University Libraries offer personal research consultations, workshops and classes; a vast collection of scholarly resources; and safe spaces to focus, learn, collaborate and create. The Norlin Commons, located on the first floor of Norlin, is open 24 hours a day Monday through Friday during the regular school year. It includes the campus Writing Center, an OIT walk-in center, nearly 40 desktop computers and the Laughing Goat coffee shop.
“Enter here the timeless fellowship of the human spirit.”
George Norlin’s inscription above the west entrance to the Norlin Library serves as inspiration and motivation for CU Boulder’s 33,000 students. During his tenure as president, he raised CU to rank among the best “medium-sized” institutions of higher education in the nation.