University Libraries Space PlanningThe Libraries would like to encourage all interested parties to share their thoughts on Libraries space planning by participating in our survey.
Project Summary Update 10.04.21
“Very spacious and there are many places and resources you could find and use. However, this library is very outdated. If you go above the first floor, chairs are wooden and hard. On the third floor, the desks seem uncomfortable and placed anywhere there’s space. Considering how many people use the library, I hope they renovate soon.” –Quote from Google review of Ellis Library
College and research libraries are faced with increasingly complex challenges, including:
- Providing and storing information in a multitude of formats and venues;
- Storing information in a variety of ways;
- Complex building use patterns – sometimes 24/7 access;
- Provision of traditional services and expanded services such as media production and presentation facilities;
- Students and faculty working in diverse collaborative ways;
- Partnerships with other campus services such as information technology or centers for teaching excellence;
- Student and faculty expectations for reliable, pervasive technology; and
- Shared space for seminars, lectures, art exhibits, concerts, and other campus functions.*
Listed below are three reports that are being used to inform the space planning process. The Libraries contracted with Shepley-Bullfinch for a library master plan and PGAV Architects for a feasibility study of Ellis Library. For student input, the Libraries have referenced the University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC) vision document, which was created after visiting academic libraries in North Carolina and northern California.
In addition to the reports listed below, the Libraries have gathered data from its users over the years that have also directed our space planning efforts.
- Identify best location for the co-location of University Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Services, providing increased visibility, more functional workspaces, and a better preservation environment for the collections
- Identify best location for central, unified service desk, providing improved sight lines for users and greater flexibility for the future
- Cost out project estimates and identify first project for implementation
- Feasibility Study Think Tank Presentation