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Libraries Improved Space and Services: Summer, 2012


O’Neill’s 1st floor was renovated this summer, 75 new seating spaces were added. There is comfortable seating, group study booths, and lots of natural light. Bookcases hold new library acquisitions. A group study room was created to foster collaboration and group learning. New rest rooms were also added to level 1 near the elevators. The level 1 door hours have been expanded and that entrance will close at 2:45 a.m. (Sunday through Thursday) when classes are in session.

Holmes is now the Libraries primary library catalog, providing a powerful Google-like search and the ability to filter and limit search results by facets. The new cloud-based system provides a powerful platform upon which the University Libraries can improve existing library services and build new services which take full advantage of 21st century web technologies.

Also in O’Neill, the popular reading and DVD rental collections were moved to the main lobby. New books added to the O’Neill permanent collection are now in the new level 1 reading area.

If you use microforms, you will be excited by the O’Neill Library’s addition of four digital microform readers to the public areas on level 1 and 3 – expanding the number of readers to seven. The machines on level 3 are located next to the Interlibrary Loan office and adjacent to the printers and Technology Support Center.

Bapst Library had a facelift this summer – the grand staircase and entry way were cleaned and the walls repaired and painted. A snack vending machine was added to the Kresge level and a coffee machine installed on the lower gallery level.

This summer the Libraries joined the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines. CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Most materials acquired are from outside the United States, and many are from five “emerging” regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.  The materials housed at, or available from, CRL can be requested through interlibrary loan. In the near future, digitized versions of about 18,000 items will be available through Holmes.

The changes to the O’Neill Plaza improved access to the library and “soften” the look of the building, also creating additional seating areas adjacent to trees and grassy areas. Users with difficulty navigating steps can now enter the building unimpeded by steps at the main entrance.