Construction is finished, and we are so pleased with our brand new spaces. During the past six months, our space on Level B1 of Boatwright Memorial Library has slowly been taking shape. We’ve watched with eager anticipation as the new reading room and the new classroom were created.
Our new reading room space is designed for research use. The glassed-in room showcases the beautiful hardwood floor and the new custom shelving. With the new room come new procedures, too, as now all materials will be brought to the researcher. Although we will miss having researchers in the actual rare book room, the new spaces allow for much better environmental controls for the collection.
The new classroom is equally beautiful. It has flexible table designs to accommodate seminar-style or lecture-style classes or to allow for exploring large oversized documents like Japanese scrolls. The large monitor provides much-needed internet access as well as display options, increasing the possibilities for classroom instruction in the space. The first few classes we’ve held there this semester have given the space rave reviews, and we look forward to hosting many more in the years ahead.
We hope you’ll come visit our new spaces in person! For Spring Semester 2017, the reading room is open Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.