Major renovations are planned for the LTU Library over the next three years, and the first phase has been signaled by the appearance of chevrons pointing the way to the library entrance from the atrium level of the Buell Management Building to the library’s entrance on the lower level.
The chevrons are part of an experiment that is expected to be finalized with a permanent installation soon. The whimsical art points the way to the many services available at the library, including expert research guidance provided by the staff of librarians.
Preparations for the first phase have started. There will be some disruption, but the library will remain open for service during the entire process. During the first phase, the library’s front area will be transformed, with new carpeting in the public areas, and soft seating in the gathering spots by the garden. The study tables will be re-arranged to provide access to more electrical outlets and slightly more private study space.
“The goal is to have nearly every seat convenient to an electrical outlet without the dangerous cords intruding in walkways,” explained Library Director Gary Cocozzoli.
The printer and photocopiers will move to a service center area away from the main entrance. The Phillips study room will also be reconfigured. The reference and circulation desks will be remodeled with new seating to facilitate one-on-one assistance from the librarians.
A new security system will add a sleek look to the main entrance, with the added benefit of an hourly door count.
There are a few more changes in store, but everything is expected to be in place for the start of the spring semester. The most disruptive work will take place during the holiday break.
The second phase will include the replacement of the remaining carpeting in the stacks area, and the third phase will deal with lighting and other matters.
These renovations are being funded in part from the generous donations from alumni and others. “It is gratifying to see the tangible results of funds that will impact so many users,” Cocozzoli said.