Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Major Library Changes this Semester

First floor of the Thigpen
Renovations are well underway at the Thigpen Library here on campus. The first floor is completely shut off to students and staff in order to make room for the new Learning Commons, leaving only the second floor to house books, offices, study areas, and computer labs.

Current main entrance

Finding the entrance can be a bit confusing. The main entrance to the library is through the emergency exit door located on the rear side of the building by the parking lot. This entrance will lead you directly up a flight of stairs. If you need an elevator, you will need to use the entrance located at the front of the building.
The staircase to second floor

Once you have made your way to the second floor the library staff is available to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have.
“We’re trying to do the best that we can do,” said Librarian, Julie Brown.
“We moved as many computers as we could up here,” said Louise Kelly, library director.  
There are two computer labs available. One is open to students throughout the day, while the other is the library instruction computer room. The instruction room will only be available for student use when there are no scheduled classes meetings. The computer lab in Mattox 111 is also available for students during normal library hours.
Computer lab
If the computer labs fills up, there are also six desktop computers set-up throughout the library second floor. If you find the computer labs too crowded, you can also check out one of the 20 laptops available and find a quiet place to work.
Quiet Study Room
“One thing that we do have is a quiet place to go," said Kelly.
The Quiet Study Room sits in the corner of the library filled with comfortable chairs and a view of the new Allied Health Building construction.
With so much going on, on one floor, it is bound to get a little hectic once the semester kicks into start.
“It could be better, but in the mean time, it will do,” said student Jana Moore.

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