Back and better than ever

After more than six months and several years of planning, we are happy to announce that the first stage of the library renovation is complete!    We have moved out of our temporary digs on the third floor, and have now moved back into our regular space.  Many changes have occurred to the first two floors of the library, including, but not limited to:

  • More space.
  • More computers (including the lab, there are now 93).
  • More light.
  • An opened up balcony area on the second floor.
  • A brand new library instruction lab.
  • A brand new Center for Teaching and Learning.

Let’s take a quick tour of the changes.

As you enter the library, the first thing you will see is the new circulation desk on your right, and a new books display on your left.  You will also get a view of the new center staircase column:

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Library Entrance

Here’s a clearer view of the stairway and elevator column:

Stairway and Elevator

Stairway and Elevator

 

If you turn to your left, you will see the new reference desk (and some of the computers):

Reference Desk

Reference Desk

Here is another view in the daylight:

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Reference Desk

Here are some of the new computer workstations:

Computer Work Stations and Printers

Computer Work Stations and Printers

 

Here is the print reference collection:

Reference Collection

Reference Collection

Here’s another view of the new books display, with a casual studying area in the distance:

Book Display and Casual Studying area

Book Display and Casual Studying area

Just to the right of the entrance is a display case for items from the Special Collections, a directory, and a screen which will show library-specific news:

Display Case

If you walk around behind the stairwell, you will find the location that will house the “nook” for casual reading:

The Nook

The Nook

The first floor also houses the brand new Library Instruction Lab:

Library Instruction Lab

Library Instruction Lab

Upstairs, on the second-floor balcony, you can find the print periodicals:

Periodicals

Periodicals

Another quiet reading area behind the stairs:

2nd Floor Study Area

2nd Floor Study Area

A  conference room, director’s suite, and the new Center for Teaching and Learning:

Director's Suite, CTL

Director’s Suite, CTL

There’s more that is not pictured here, so please come by and take a look at your brand new library space.   Also stay tuned for the next phase which will renovate the 3rd and 4th floors.

 

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