That’s when the doors opened on the newly-renovated and reconfigured space on the 2nd Floor of YLRC.
Openness and better traffic flow, a fresh look thanks to new shelves, carpeting and pain, collaboration spaces, updated technology for library orientation classes - these are just a few features of the library’s makeover.
When you’re approaching the 2nd floor landing, you now immediately see the new, expanded front desk. Windows have replaced the former doors and walls that separated the stairs from the foyer, and the foyer from the two wings of the library.
Students can request reserve materials at this desk, which is equipped with a photocopier and space for organizing copies. Or, they might be directed to Circulation on the left (north) or to Reference on the right (south).
Those needing space to work together can reserve a small-group study room in Reference. Rooms may be reserved in advance, for up to two hrs/day/group.
Reference also features 28 workstations for students needing library computers for research or to prepare papers and presentations. Using these computers - or connecting via WiFi from their own devices - students can access more than 100 electronic research databases and 30,000 eBooks. It’s easy by going to hccfl.edu/yborlibrary.
In keeping with the library’s mission to be a place to relax as well as study, newspapers and magazines are provided in Reference, along with comfortable seating areas.
Classes coming in for customized orientation sessions with a librarian will now view the presentation on a new 21st Century Classroom set-up, similar to those used in their classrooms. These sessions take place in Reference.
Books and DVDs that can be checked out line the shelves in the Circulation room. This room also hosts televisions with Blu-ray for viewing in-library-use DVDs. The room is furnished with tables and individual desks for study, as well as more comfortable seating areas such as can be found in Reference.
Students must present their Hawk cards to check out Reserve or Circulation items, and to use the library computers.
Throughout the whole library, a new sense of expansion is achieved by the larger entrance into one common area, and open walls where there used to be solid barriers.
One thing that remains the same is commitment from the library personnel – librarians and staff – to providing excellent service to our students and entire campus community.
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Article Written By: Alicia Ellison.