With the “A” level nearly complete, the first floor of the Charles E. Young Research Library has now been cleared and over the next year will be renovated to add new services and spaces for student and faculty use.
With unbound periodicals moved to the “A” level new home, these areas will now be readied for group study rooms as part of the new collaborative spaces being developed.
Former office space will be reclaimed as the new Reference Room with seating for nearly one hundred users with access to both print and electronic resources.
The former reference collection has been temporarily relocated to “A” for access during the renovation and this space will be reclaimed as the Research Commons.
The lobby will feature the consolidated information service desk, general reserves holding shelves, an exhibit area, and open space and lounges which lead to a cafe, formal exhibit area and the Library Conference Center.
A previous office area will be emerge as a large seminar space with advanced technology and simultaneous translation capability.
A new entrace is planned as well as refinishing the portico. A single service point will be highlighted as one enters the building.
With offices and collections cleared, one can see how expansive this floor is and envision new services being located here. Renovation will take approximately one year, but the building and its collections and services will be available during the entire construction period.