The Millersville University library renovation is on schedule. With construction beginning in summer 2011, the project is half way to completion. “There are new elevators, group study rooms, balconies, computer labs and bathrooms,” said Erin Dorney, outreach librarian. “Everything is new!”
The new renovations also include a 24-hour study room accessible by swiping a Millersville ID card and a sculpture garden designed by Millersville’s art and biology departments.
The fifth floor, identified externally by large panes of glass, was previously uninhabitable due to bulky outdated machinery. With a switch to compact modern machinery, part of this floor will be home to the teaching and learning team and another part to the Center for Academic Excellence. This floor will provide plenty of natural lighting and study rooms for students.
Faculty and staff are expected to be occupying the newly renovated library by summer 2013, and it will re-open for students by fall 2013. “Here are a few suggestions for calming students’ anxieties in the meantime,” said Dorney.
- Encourage students to take advantage of librarian services and research assistance by phone, email, web chat or office visit. For librarian contact information, visit the library’s Ask a Librarian website.
- If students are looking for a place to study, do research or meet up for a group project, direct them to one of the library sponsored study spaces across campus. Visit the library’s website for a comprehensive list of study spaces and availability.
“This semester we will be launching a brand new study space on campus at Club de’Ville in the Student Memorial Center,” said Dorney. This study space will be available during the daytime (approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and will be monitored by students to maintain a quiet environment for studying and research.
The Millersville University Library currently operates through Gerhart Hall, located on campus at 22 East Frederick Street, where students can still borrow books, access databases of scholarly journal articles and engage with library faculty and staff.