About The Milstein Center

The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning at Barnard College, which is built on the former site of Lehman Hall, has been conceived in design, structure, and program to celebrate our stellar faculty, ambitious students, and dedicated staff. It provides a diverse range of innovative and essential resources that will continue Barnard’s legacy for decades to come.

The building stands at the core of both a Barnard education and our campus in Morningside Heights. Designed by the award-winning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 128,000-square-foot building—with a base of five floors and a tower of eleven floors adjacent to Altschul Hall—is a distinctive place that convenes students and faculty, facilitates collaboration, and fosters dialogue. It includes a new kind of library, one that brings together current technologies and learning spaces in an interactive setting. Furthermore, it is a dynamic academic hub of the campus, linking departments and disciplines both physically and philosophically.

The Milstein Center houses:

  • The Library featuring a core collection of books, journals, zines, and special collections that support a strong liberal arts education; enhanced storage for the entire Archives collection, along with the Hope L. and John L. Furth Archive Reading Room for scholarship
  • Innovative centers:
  • Over 370 inviting student spaces that include a variety of active and quiet study areas for individuals and groups
  • The Nancy A. Garvey Seminar Room, Przedborski Seminar Room, and Virginia B. Wright Seminar Room are three large, light-filled classrooms on the Lobby Level, with a larger instructional Lynn Chu Classroom and flexible Ayla and Anabel Arif Classroom on the Lower Level
  • The Ina R. and Howard J. Drew Conference Center on the Lower Level comprises three meeting rooms that can convert to one large meeting room for classes and conferencing facilities connected to meeting and event spaces in The Diana Center
  • Offices for several departments and programs, including economics, history, political science, urban studies, and computer science
  • A grab-and-go coffee bar