The much anticipated renovation of the Purchase College Library is under way. When the renovation project is complete, sometime in 2007, you will see major changes and improvements in the Library, including:
- A new entrance and extension facing the new Student Services Building.
- A new Reading Room on the second floor.
- The book stacks will be relocated to the lower level and replaced with furniture conducive to quiet study.
- Several new group study rooms.
- Enhanced wireless access.
- Two information commons areas – one on the main level and one on the lower level.
- The commons area on the main level will contain a new reference desk, computers, and a more up-to-date reference collection.
- The commons area on the lower level will contain computers from the CIR Resource Lab and the old PC 2 Lab. This area will be open whenever the library is open and will have software and furniture that will facilitate collaborative projects, as well as individual work.
- Three new computer classrooms on the main level – two of which can be converted into one large computer classroom.
- A refurbished “smart” classroom on the lower level.
- A new assistive technology room.
- A new elevator, and, in many areas of the building, new floor coverings, furniture, improved lighting, and better drainage.
Perhaps most exciting – a new informal cafe/study/meeting area, in what is now government publications, that will contain food and coffee service, comfortable seating, current journals and magazines, and part of the literature collection. This will provide a more relaxed and social environment where faculty and students can meet, student groups can have meetings, and a place to study for those who prefer a livelier environment, with coffee and food.
Before we reach this happy ending, there will be much work and some inconvenience. Throughout the process, we will try to keep you informed of construction related changes in service. Be assured that all necessary safety precautions are being taken and every effort will be made to minimize the impact on students, particularly during the critical portions of the academic year. We ask for your patience and understanding as we move forward with the project.