Reading Room

Full Name

Stephen B. Ashley Reading Room

Centennial Expansion (2015)
Alternative names

Ashley Room

Room Code


The Ashley Reading Room is the signature space of the expanded Edgemoor, with its airy 20-foot ceiling and expanses of glass that flood it with light even in Ithaca's gloomy winters. A comfortable lounge suitable for reading or games, it ties together the Chapter Room, the Electronic Learning Center, and the Gorge Deck, giving the chapter maximum flexilbility for organizing the first floor for socializing and for study.

At center on the north wall of the Reading Room is hung the photograph of the founding fathers of Omicron Zeta, taken at the first house, 614 Stewart Avenue, at the chapter's installation on October 11, 1913. At the clerestory level are two plaques donated by R. Paul WIlliamson '66: a crucicrescent, the chief emblem of Lambda Chi Alpha, and a piece communicating Lambda Chi Alpha's Seven Core Values.


The Reading Room is named in honor of Stephen B. Ashley '62 O-913. Amidst his successful career in real estate and finance, Bro. Ashley has always found time to devote to service to the fraternity and to the university, serving as a longtime alumni treasurer and director, and as a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees. He served as Honorary Chairman of the Campaign for Omicron Zeta, contributing his long experience and extensive network, as well as making the gift which anchored the building campaign.