University Library Hosts Grand Opening and Reception

University Library Hosts Grand Opening and Reception
Faculty and staff tour the newly renovated University Library.
President Ortiz and Library Dean Harold Schleifer cut the ribbon to the University Library.
The annual Fall Conference Reception was held in the Grand Reading Room.

The campus community celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated University Library on Monday, Sept. 22. President Michael Ortiz and Library Dean Harold Schleifer welcomed faculty, staff and students to enjoy the completion of the two-year, $58.5 million addition and renovation project.

With large windows and panoramic views of the campus and San Gabriel Mountains, the Grand Reading Room served as an elegant venue for the annual Fall Conference Reception.

“It is a new day for college libraries. Frankly, it is a new era for higher education. We needed to design a facility that anticipated the future. We need more than a library — we needed a comprehensive new center for learning. We needed a resource that captured the demands of 21st century students and academics,” Schleifer said. “Our new addition is a people place, which is not something always associated with libraries of the past. This bridges age old library services with state of the art technology.”

The reception allowed new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marten denBoer to officially introduce himself to the Cal Poly Pomona community. He invited the campus to two provost symposiums this year — the first of their kind — to celebrate faculty teaching and to discuss the academic planning process.

During the reception, library staff gave tours of the building, showing off its architectural features, state-of-the-art computer facilities and comfortable spaces for studying, meeting and relaxing.

The library includes new classrooms, research commons, 23 group study rooms, five group listening rooms, a 24-hour computer lab and a full-service Starbucks. The University Writing Center and the Learning Resource Center have moved into the library's second floor, sharing the learning commons area. The library also includes a productivity center with 53 computer workstations where students can prepare research papers and academic projects.