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Answered By: Alex Bultman
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2022     Views: 14

The Amphitheater is an outdoor space located on the north side of the Mary Idema Pew Library. This space can be used for presentations, performances, and more. It features 6 tiers of concrete rows that can be used for bench-style seating. At the patio level there are 7 fixed round tables that each seat 4 to 5 people. Each table includes a raisable umbrella to provide shade.

Amphitheater Details:

  • The Amphitheater is a “first come, first serve” public space. A reservation is not required to use the space, but advance notice of events is appreciated in order to coordinate other library events and operations. Amphitheater events can occur outside of normal library hours.
  • Since the space is outdoors, events in the amphitheater cannot be truly private or exclusive. These events also may not displace any educational events that are otherwise open to the public.
  • Use of the amphitheater space is as-is; the library does not provide any staffing or equipment for the space and the outdoor furniture should not be moved or removed. There may be no-to-very-low sunlight in the space depending on the season and time of day.
  • Groups may provide their own lighting and audio equipment for use in the amphitheater. While we welcome activity in the space, we appreciate mindfulness of sound amplification around study spaces, particularly during midterms or finals weeks.
  • Use of the amphitheater must adhere to any laws, executive orders, or campus policies for outdoor gatherings, including the Grand Valley State University Grounds & Facility Use Policy.

If you intend to use the Amphitheater, please reach out to with the details of your event.