The transformation of the campus library is set to begin on December 16. Just two days after fall exams end, the complex work of a complete library renovation will start, closing the current library area in Bachmann Main Building until August 2014. In the interim, library services will be relocated to the Bruder Gymnasium in the Bruder Life Center.
The renovated library space will be modern, comfortable and flexible, equipped with different niches and study areas that are sure to please all of its visitors. Groups needing to study together or collaborate on projects will be able to take advantage of one of the new multi-media equipped study rooms. Whenever quiet concentration is what is in order, the comfortable Library Reading Room will certainly provide the perfect study oasis.
The number of computers in the renovated space will increase, and all visitors will be able to log onto one from new and spacious computer clusters. From one of the library computers, or from any computer in the world, current members of the Neumann learning community are able to access thousands and thousands of digital library research and learning resources. Students wishing to use their own laptop for work will find it easy to do so in the transformed library, which will feature strengthened Wi-Fi access and numerous electrical outlets for charging devices.
According to Library Director Tiffany McGregor, “The new multi-purpose room will serve as the home for the Neumann University Information Literacy program, where librarians and faculty will collaborate to instruct students and develop the vital critical thinking and information literacy skills to help them achieve in the classroom and in the job market of the future. The library staff looks forward to continuing their dedication to service and meeting the needs of all of our unique visitors in a beautiful, updated environment.”
During certain periods of construction in Bachmann, noise levels may be bothersome, especially on ground floor areas that are directly beneath the current library. Project managers will collaborate with faculty and staff in Bachmann to minimize the occurrence of noisy demolition during busy instructional periods.
By August 25, 2014, the beginning of classes next fall, the library of the future will have arrived on campus, ready to welcome the Class of 2018 to a new and marvelous learning resource.
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