New Seating Area

Three ranges of shelving in the Greenfield Library have been removed to create a new seating area. See below for before and after pictures.

Before
Before
After
After
A view from the circulation desk.
A view from the circulation desk.

When the new furniture arrives, we will put four tables in this area that, as you can see, is better lit than other areas of the first floor of the library. We hope that it will provide a comfortable place for you to do your work, read, study, etc.

The renovations are continuing and we hope they will all be complete in time for the fall semester. Still to come: fresh paint, new shelving end panels, additional electrical and network ports, and a laptop bar!

Over 61,000 Books Moved!

July was a busy month for the Greenfield Library staff and student assistants who moved over 61,700 books to create additional space for seating. Many, many thanks to the student assistants, Adam Brunell and Nicole Mercurio who did more than their share of the work!

13,461 books were moved to compact shelving in the vault area of the library’s lower level and 48,295 books were shifted or removed before the shelves could be taken down. Once the shelves were removed and some were reinstalled in different locations, the books had to be reshelved. I think I can speak for the staff and students who did this work in saying that we are very happy this part of the project is finished! These efforts opened up 423 square feet of space for an additional seating area.

Nicole packing up books.
Nicole packing up books.
Books waiting to be reshelved.
Books waiting to be reshelved.
Adam reshelving books.
Adam reshelving books.

Electrical outlets and network ports will be added to the new seating area and in the lounge area for plugging in laptops, etc. and new furniture will be installed before the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester. Stay tuned for more updates!