Blough-Weis Library to Undergo Summer Renovations
Published on April 28, 2014
Susquehanna University’s Blough-Weis Library will receive transformative improvements to its first floor this summer aimed at providing a more welcoming experience for students, and one that better aligns with the way faculty and students teach and learn today.
Among the changes to be made are the centralization of the circulation, reference and media to a one-stop help desk, as well as the addition of a late-night coffee bar, a small theater, enhanced wireless service and a combination of flexible teaching and independent learning spaces.
To accommodate an aggressive construction schedule, which calls for project completion in time for the start of the fall 2014 semester, the library will be closed beginning May 12.
A reclassification project to move existing materials and make room on the first floor will also take place. During this time, the library’s collection will be unable to be loaned out; however, all online library services will remain available, such as databases, the catalog and book borrowing by way of the interlibrary loan program.
Susquehanna’s Blough-Weis Library was built in 1928. Its last major renovation took place in 1989 and consisted of mostly cosmetic changes. Because the nature of student research has changed dramatically since then and much of the work students do is no longer paper-based or solitary, new spaces will help fulfill the research and study needs of Susquehanna’s students. Once completed, the changes will accommodate a variety of teaching and learning needs, provide more adequate workspace for employees and offer casual and comfortable space where the campus community can gather for learning and research.
Several computer bars will surround a discipline-neutral venue for small groups or individuals to meet, and will be outfitted with comfortable furniture. More natural lighting, secure storage and display spaces, better climate control and designated quiet areas are among the other improvements that will be made during the renovation project.