Northwestern opens first gender-open restroom in University Library


Nathan Richards/Daily Senior Staffer

The first gender-open restroom in University Library is now available for use.

Olivia Exstrum, Campus Editor

A gender-open restroom opened on the main floor of University Library this week. The single-stall facility is located to the west side of the Information Commons.

Construction for the restroom — the first of its kind in the library — began late in Fall Quarter, said library spokeswoman Clare Roccaforte. She said the decision to build it in the library was part of an initiative to install similar restrooms in buildings across campus.

The library’s staff restrooms were made available for public use and one of the single-stall restrooms was converted to the gender-open bathroom, Roccaforte said.

In addition, a gender-open restroom in Mudd Science and Engineering Library will be completed this week or next week, Roccaforte said. The restroom will most likely be located on the main floor of the library.

A gender-open restroom on the third floor of Norris University Center opened at the start of Winter Quarter, and another opened on the second floor of the building in mid-November 2014.

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