Gutman Library 20th Anniversary

20th Aniversary Paul J. Gutman Library Philadelphia University

The Paul J. Gutman Library is celebrating its 20th Anniversary!

Built in 1992, the Library was named in loving memory for the son of the late Alvin Gutman
(University Trustee) and Mary Bert Gutman. Designed by Shepley Bulfinch, architects for the Kanbar Campus Center and the new DEC building, the 54,000 square foot Gutman Library received the Louis I. Kahn Award in 1993 for its outstanding design.

Twenty years later, the building retains its contemporary feel and has increasing numbers of visitors each year.


Photos from the Anniversary Event



  • Cutting the cake at the annivesary party; Karen Albert and the Gutman Family The Gutman family and Library Director Karen Albert cut the anniversary cake
  • A closeup picture of the cake
  • Matt Gutman with two students, Rebecca Lane and Caitlin Hoagland

Anniversary Event

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the library’s dedication, the following event took place on Friday, November 9th, 2012; the university published an article describing the event.

Campus wide Celebration Marking 20th Anniversary of the Building Dedication

Photo of Mat Gutman

Presentation by Matt Gutman, ABC News Correspondent, and son of Paul J. Gutman. Gutman presented on the current state of journalism and newscasting and what has changed over time.

The entire University community was invited to join President Stephen Spinelli in a celebration of the building dedication.


About Matt Gutman

Matt Gutman has a rich background of experiences to draw upon, including reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel; as well as coverage of the BP Oil Spill, Trayvon Martin Story, and Joplin tornado, done from his ABC News base in Miami. He welcomed questions from the audience. For more information on Matt Guttman, read his bio on ABC News.

Memorial Portrait

View the memorial portrait recently acquired in the Library's Leisure Reading/Newspaper area on the first floor to honor the late Alvin Gutman, Board member and university donor.


Exhibit on History of Library Building

To view photos, etc. from the original building dedication and the life masks used to create the building’s exterior face sculptures, visit our Anniversary display on the upper level of the library.

A graphical rendering of the location of the faces on the exterior walls of the Gutman Library, created by the artist Syma from molds of faces of members of the university community

Watch for additional Anniversary Events in the coming months!