Charles E. Young Research Library

Study Commons

Renovations to the Research Library’s lower level have been completed, and the space is now open to users. The central feature is an expansive study commons, adjacent to offices for the library’s access services, collection development, instruction, and reference services librarians and staff.

What was formerly staff work space has been opened up to create a spacious, light-filled study commons. It is framed by large windows looking out onto plants and trees filling the green berm that surrounds the building.

The space offers seating for more than one hundred people in configurations including round tables for four or six people, rectangular tables for six or eight, and individual upholstered chairs set in pairs with a shared side table.

Open stacks house newspapers and unbound periodicals, and self-service cabinets house frequently used microforms/microfiche and maps. Students and faculty can now utilize these holdings at their convenience, making them more accessible than many were previously. New viewers for microformat materials offer print functionality, and the ability to scan, download, and email page images will be added in the coming months.

There is a service desk to provide user assistance, which is staffed during all hours the library is open. Public workstations, printers, and photocopiers are also available in the area.

Access to Librarians

The offices of the librarians and staff responsible for access services, collection development, reference services, and instruction in the disciplines the Research Library supports have been relocated to an area next to the study commons.

This office suite also contains a consultation space in which librarians can meet with individuals and small groups to provide more specialized assistance with research projects and teaching assignments.