Monday, February 24, 2014

The plan!

We've had a lot of questions recently about what the library is going to look like when everyone returns in the fall. While some things have been changed since these plans were created and not all of the details have ben finalized, we can give you a good idea of where everything will be and what it's going to look like.

Who's moving in? The Career & Professional Development Center, Instructional Design, the Solution Center, and the Writing Center will be joining the Library in the new learning commons.

The main floor, where most of the books and study spaces are now located, is going to be reconfigured into a more flexible and informal space that encourages conversation, collaboration, and group work. There will also be staff offices, conference rooms, and other spaces for student and faculty use. This is where you'll find the departments that are joining us in the building.

The children's room will remain on the main floor but it will be shifted down the glass wall to where the fiction collection is currently located.

The ground floor of the building will be housing the library's print collections on compact shelving (more information about that coming in a following post). The first part of the collection will be in what has been used as storage space behind Harlan Gallery, and the rest of the compact shelving will be located in the room where we previously stored the print journals.

There will be quiet study space in the old journal room, as well. The main quiet study area will be in the space that has been occupied by Harlan Gallery. We plan to have a check-out desk located there by the entrance doors from the street. These downstairs study areas will be more traditional "library" spaces to facilitate quiet, individual work.

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