Our New Campus Masterpiece

In its initial weeks the new library has seen a tremendous number of visitors from the campus and local communities. All are curious to see the interior of the structure which has altered the campus skyline and parking situation for the past two and a half years. In the first week that statistics were kept, Circulation Services recorded almost twice as many visitors entering the building over an equivalent week in 1998.

Construction crews continue to put the finishing touches on the building, but this has not stopped students from inviting their parents to campus to tour the building or people from the community from visiting.

Employees and clients alike are acclimating themselves to the new arrangements. The personnel at the information desk, located in the center of the first floor, have fielded hundreds of questions from visitors and handed out thousands of building maps.

The library is now able to offer more technology to the campus community. The Computer Commons, located on the north end of the first floor, has already benefited greatly from its additional space. Since February, the number of computers available for student use has increased from 70 to 100. The lab will be further equipped with another 95 computers over the summer. The number of Internet-accessible computers in the reference area on the second floor has also increased, from 12 in the old library to 20. The reference area will eventually have over 30 computers, which are used to conduct research with the help of library faculty and staff.