The Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library building opened in 1970, offering the institution wonderful new study space and floors of shelving for printed materials. As users’ needs have changed and technology and teaching have advanced, the demands for spaces and shelving have changed accordingly. Today, the Library must provide individual carrels and group study rooms, quiet areas and conversation-rich floors, media production suites and technology labs, and innovation studios and incubator spaces. In addition, we are sensitive to our differently-abled users and seek to accommodate their needs with appropriate spaces and adaptive technologies.
The material resources of the past may have served the learning needs of the past, but the spaces of the past no longer meet current needs. The 21st century library must be in concept a sanctuary, a “third place,” for contemplation, collaboration and community, and it will require new arrangements, contemporary furnishings and appropriate technologies. Library spaces must be fluid and flexible, to offer islands of functionality rather than homogeneity of appearance.
To create the environment that will optimize our students’ and faculty’s abilities to inquire, investigate, invent and innovate, we must upgrade and enhance the current space to be as state of the art as the services and materials we provide.
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