Health Sciences Library Renovations Are Underway
Renovations are currently underway to transform the upper rear level of the Health Sciences Library (HSL) into a spacious, open and modern study area.
The print journal collections have been moved to the lower rear level compact shelving and the vacant reading room is being readied for construction which will begin this month. The renovated space will include new seating areas, individual nook carrels and standing desks. In addition to increasing the capacity to 50 seats, the end result will be a more modern and spacious reading room. The adjoining study rooms, classroom and computer lab will also be gaining new furniture.
According to Marie T. Ascher, M.S., M.P.H., the Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director of the Health Sciences Library, journals that were previously housed upstairs have been shifted to the lower level and while low-circulation titles were removed from the collection, patrons will still enjoy easy access to needed articles. “Our interlibrary loan service is faster than ever and we are currently exploring new models in which access is immediate. The fact that the item is no longer sitting on our shelf will not impede access,” she explained. “The renovations will create additional needed spaces for study for our growing campus. As we all know, most library usage is now electronic which frees up space for student study. The library space continues to be important to our students largely as a quiet community space for study and learning.”