Jack Schmidt/Jesuit High School  
Renovations mean the library at Jesuit High has more work areas for collaboration among students. 

Jack Schmidt/Jesuit High School  

Renovations mean the library at Jesuit High has more work areas for collaboration among students. 

Over the past 23 years, Jesuit High School’s Clark Library has become a magnet of activity for students, faculty and staff during the week and on many weekends. Now it’s a 7,100-square-foot hall of cooperation. 

In 2015, the board of trustees approved the school’s long-range strategic plan. The element with the most impact was a complete renovation of the library, completed earlier this month. The outcome is a space more aligned with how students learn today, including more collaborative work areas. 

“We were determined to maintain the Clark Library’s identity as an academic research hub and haven for serious readers,” says Paul Hogan, principal and English teacher. “But after two years of experience with our 1:1 program, we were ready to redesign the space to create more flexible, informal seating arrangements and increase opportunities for collaborative learning.” 

The result is a library bursting with natural light and serious academic energy. 

To open up space for collaborative learning, librarians Gregory Lum and Laura Schick spent a year culling the collection, eliminating 30 percent of the printed materials, many of which exist on online databases. 

The library still has quiet study spaces, including five glass-enclosed conference rooms with white boards, monitors and student-created murals of iconic Oregon landscapes. But there is also an open, social research environment. There are docking stations for electronic devices, computer lab stations, four projectors and screens that can work in concert, and an enclosed oversize classroom that can accommodate up to 50 students for one lesson.