Designed by the architecture firm of Powell/Kleinschmidt in collaboration with the building architect Holabird & Root, the Berkson Reading Room is a communal space designed with the relaxation, focus, and uplift of its denizens in mind.
Named in honor of I. J. Berkson, distinguished Chicago-Kent alumnus from the Class of 1918, the Berkson Reading Room is modeled after traditional reading rooms of the nineteenth century and holds the Library's reserve collection. The open reserve collection includes the most current edition of major hornbook and treatise series. Materials from the reserve collection are selected by research librarians and faculty specifically to support the Chicago-Kent curriculum. The Berkson Reading Room also houses the Library's Illinois Law Collection. The room was designed in 1990, and attempted to marry functional standards to a visually appealing aesthetic.
Above: I.J. Berkson Reserve Reading Room Dedication. The I.J. Berkson Reserve Reading Room Dedication included remarks from Dean Richard A. Matasar, President of IIT Lewis Collens, Mrs. I.J. (Sadie) Berkson, and Joshua A. Muss.