Priority: Library

The $45 million renovation of the Charles L. Tutt Library, which opened its doors in fall 2017, was made possible in part thanks to philanthropic support totaling $20 million. The reimagined 90,000-square-foot space is tuned to the rhythm of the Block Plan, equipping students with the tools, expert instruction, and access to information they need to support their learning in a flexible, inviting space. The renovation increased available seating from 495 to 1,100 seats, and some areas of the library are open 24 hours to accommodate peak usage times on the Block Plan.  

The library houses more than 425,000 physical volumes and a climate-controlled Special Collections vault, as well as online collections supporting teaching and research at CC. It also features laboratories for geographic information systems (GIS) and data visualization, a dedicated area for technology support, classrooms, group study and reading rooms, event spaces, and the beloved Susie B’s café.  

The Tutt Library’s Net-Zero Energy System

The renovation of the Charles L. Tutt Library created the largest carbon-neutral, net-zero energy academic library in the United States, for which it has garnered numerous awards — including the 2017 Innovation Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and a 2018 Gold Award in Building Design & Construction’s 35th Annual Reconstruction Awards Program. The library played a major role in Colorado College’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality, which it achieved in 2020. 

The library’s sustainable design includes: 

  • A geothermal energy field on Tava Quad, consisting of 80 wells, each 400 feet deep and five-and-a-half inches wide
  • A 115-kilowatt rooftop solar array
  • A 400-kilowatt offsite solar array
  • A green rooftop garden
  • A 130-kilowatt combined heat and power system
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