One might say that the SUNY New Paltz campus is characterized by its lack of aesthetic harmony. Some NP buildings are Soviet-looking blocks of concrete, vaguely reminiscent of correctional facilities, while others are open, light-filled, and modern. There are also several old campus buildings, like prototypical collegiate edifices Old Main and Old Library, which frame the quad. The Sojourner Truth Library is a bit outdated, architecturally speaking, but it certainly delivers the goods when it comes to students' research. In addition to the thousands of books the library has on its shelves, it works with other New York State public libraries, so you can always get the book you are looking for, even if it comes from Buffalo or New York City.
There are two recently constructed facilities that greatly enhance New Paltz student life: the Athletic & Wellness Center, and the Student Union Building (SUB). The Athletic & Wellness Center, which opened in 2006 as an addition to the Elting Gym, boasts top-of-the-line workout equipment and an upper-level indoor track with panoramic views. There are also several basketball/volleyball courts and a pool, though they're usually taken over by intramural players and the swim team, respectively. The new atrium of the SUB is a glass pyramid that cost the school $13.4 million to build. Inside, there are touch-screen computers, couches, tables, and several food vendors—students rave about Tokyo Sushi on the second floor! The SUB is also home to the campus bookstore, the New Paltz Oracle (the student newspaper), the Edge (the radio station), frequent poetry slams, and programs like Billiards Night. Those of you who create and perform will be glad to hear that there are two theaters, two art buildings, and a renowned art gallery on campus.