Group Study Room Dedicated To Former Library Director Jane Bryan

Group Study Room Dedicated To Former Library Director Jane Bryan
Jenny James Lee
May 30, 2014

Students were always a key priority for former Drexel library director Jane Griffith Bryan who held the position from 2005 until her passing in 2008. On Thursday, May 22, 2014, her family carried on her legacy of supporting student learning with a gift that enabled the renovation and dedication of the Jane Griffith Bryan, ’67 Group Study Room.

During her tenure, Jane embraced technological advances, streamlined ILL services, added the 24-hour Bookmark Café and encouraged staff to focus on direct engagement with clients. In addition, Jane spearheaded the Drexel Votes campaign, helping to register a record number of new voters across campus.

Jane graduated from Drexel’s library school in 1967 and worked at the Free Library of Philadelphia as well as the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University Libraries before rejoining the Drexel community in 2005.

Former colleagues, family and friends gathered at W. W. Hagerty Library on the morning of May 22, 2014 to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the study room. Jane’s husband James Bryan, daughter Sophie Bryan and sister Elisabeth Griffith, were all in attendance. Following the ceremony, the Libraries hosted the annual Library Celebration Awards. One of the awards, dedicated to library student workers, is named in memory of Jane Bryan.

For more information about group study room dedications, please contact Kerry DiBlasio, director of development at

Pictured: Elisabeth Griffith, Sophie Bryan, James Bryan at the ribbon cutting on May 22, 2014.