The Fred A. Hopf Reading Room, located in Meinel 401, is named in honor of Professor Frederic A. Hopf, OSC's "Captain Chaos," who is still greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and former students.
Professor Hopf researched nonlinear optics, quantum optics and incoherent light applications of optics in chemistry. In his spare time, he was an amateur actor, a hiker and a birdwatcher.
Many of the books in the collection are personal donations from faculty, students, and the college's graduate student organization. In addition, many alumni, industrial affiliates and industry sponsors have contributed, making it possible for OSC to purchase books that it would not have been able to afford otherwise.
In addition to books and journals, the Hopf Reading Room collection includes a class reserve section, class notes, homework solutions, copies of exams, prelim study materials, a complete collection of theses and dissertations written by students, technical reports and newsletters published by the college, and recently published articles and books written by faculty and students. Old, rare or unusual books are shelved separately but are available by special arrangement.