With help from a generous estate gift, the libraries recently remodeled a large room on the first floor of the J.D. Williams Library, which had previously housed the Library’s large microform collection. In its place the Library created a new modern study commons area.
Library space includes space for collections, users and staff. While the Library clearly needs more space, we also need to use current space as efficiently and effectively as possible. We need different types of space for users including individual study spaces and also space for group type work. Users now need access to technology and the internet as they work. Often collaboration tools are needed for groups. We also need spaces where we can offer various types of user training. For staff we need office space but we also need specialized work space and equipment for such activities as preservation and digitization. Space for collections is not limited to shelving but can also include special cabinets for music or microforms.