- The first floor of the new addition, the entire second floor and the existing fourth, fifth and sixth floors will be open to patrons.
- The main floor will feature an entrance lobby, which is a two-story atrium that includes a welcome desk with a staff person. There will be an escalator leading the students, faculty and staff into the University Library. In addition, the main floor will provide an entrance to academic classrooms, which will open in the fall.
The second floor will house the Learning Commons, Productivity Center, Reference Collection, Media Collection, Research Help Desk, Tech Help Desk, Course Reserve/Media Desk and Circulation Desk. The Learning Commons will be equipped with 36 new computer workstations that encourage “search and discovery.” The Productivity Center, which opens in the fall, will have 53 computer workstations where students can prepare research papers and academic projects.
- Academic Affairs’ learning support services, the University Writing Center and the Learning Resource Center, will share the second floor learning commons area with the Library and will offer tutoring and other services beginning June 23.
- The temporary entry currently located on the east side of the building will be removed and become an emergency exit.
- To fit the summer 4/10 work schedule, the library will be open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The soft opening will allow the University Library faculty and staff to begin re-shelving the new library stacks while maintaining patron access to the collection. Deliveries and installation of furniture and equipment will continue over the next several months with the bulk of the deliveries completed prior to Fall 2008.
The Starbucks Coffee project located adjacent to the library entry is scheduled to be completed in the fall.
The library’s grand opening, as well as the opening of the additions on the third and fourth floors, is scheduled for late September.
The $58.5 million library project will provide a state-of-the-art regional educational center, complete with classrooms, research commons, productivity center, two-story grand reading room, 23 group study rooms, five group listening groups, 24-hour research lab and a full-service Starbucks.
The project was designed by Carrier Johnson Architects and is being constructed by Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.