CEU Trustee Supports Media Lab in New Library

The CEU Library is a second home to many students and has long been considered one of the best in Hungary, as well as a vital asset to scholars throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Now, with the first phase of CEU’s campus renewal completed, the new CEU Library has a prominent and expanded presence on campus, occupying five floors of the new Nador 15 building. The Library, which opened on October 17th, provides a welcoming environment filled with natural light and spectacular views of the Danube, nearly 90,000 books and journals, 400 seats, collaborative work spaces, and private study areas, and nearly 100 large screen computers, as well as a 100-plus seat cafe at its entrance. 

“Beyond the enhanced facilities, this redevelopment project has given us the opportunity to introduce important service improvements and technology advancements, such as instruction in media and visual literacy and other information resources and technologies, so that students, faculty, and visiting scholars may use new digital tools to conduct and present research,”

says Diane Geraci, director of the CEU Library. New services of interest to the CEU community will continue to be introduced. 

CEU Trustee Pierre Mirabaud, generous supporter of the new Mirabaud Media Lab in the CEU Library. Photo: CEU/Daniel Vegel.

Some of these exciting new services are offered at the Mirabaud Media Lab, named after CEU Trustee Pierre Mirabaud, a Swiss financier who has generously underwritten the costs of the new lab. The Mirabaud Media Lab is equipped with 8 multimedia workstations to allow small group teaching; editing of film, images, and audio; and loaner equipment for creating documentaries, films, and other multimedia products.

Jeremy Braverman, Media and Visual Education Specialist who runs the Lab, can now collaborate with members of the CEU community to create innovative educational opportunities in media production to support teaching and research. In an age of digital technology and collaboration, the Mirabaud Media Lab is an important new educational resource for the entire CEU community, providing opportunities to students which have not previously been offered at CEU on a wide scale.

Mirabaud, who has a history of supporting new technology at educational institutions, said that he “enjoys helping students unlock new possibilities through technology”. Reflecting on his own experiences, he shared his belief that “access to knowledge is essential to any open society,” and he appreciates the role libraries play in ensuring that knowledge is available to everyone, especially today as new forms of media enable us to powerfully communicate that knowledge and make it even more accessible. 

With this gift, I want to do my part to ensure the CEU Library provides our students with contemporary tools needed to create and share the results of their research in meaningful and impactful ways, as well as continue to serve as a vital academic resource in the broader region. I look forward to seeing the creativity spurred by these new resources now that the Lab is in use.”