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Supporting A Place for Collaboration and Inquiry … and Maybe a Cup of Coffee
Friends of the Blough-Weis Library may be a new organization, but its members have bolstered the work of the library for many years. They have generously earmarked funds for our building campaign, attended library events and donated in-kind gifts. Efforts to expand and improve the library would not have been successful without this support.
Thanks to the generosity of Friends, the Blough-Weis Library is …
More people are visiting the library than ever before, thanks to its flexible space that accommodates a variety of needs.
The first floor was completely redesigned and refreshed in 2014 to make the space more student-focused. Open and airy, there’s comfortable seating for group discussions, helpful library staff who answer questions—even a coffee shop to provide stimulation and sustenance.
The library also hosts art exhibitions, sponsors book clubs, and showcases historical collections and memorabilia throughout the year.
The Blough-Weis Library offers everything a user needs to acquire information and pursue knowledge. Since the Susquehanna curriculum embraces collaborative learning, you’ll find plenty of group study areas equipped with white boards for brainstorming and technology for easy content sharing. Of course, there are places for quiet study as well.
The library’s print, digital and special collections continue to expand, and the library regularly adds articles, presentations and posters by Susquehanna students and faculty to its Scholarly Commons online repository.
Funding from Friends of the Blough-Weis Library helps the staff connect with students at every level of their academic career. They go into classrooms and teach how to research topics in every academic discipline, how to qualify sources, even how to create annotated bibliographies. They have also created an online tutorial to help first-year students hone their research skills.
Additionally, library staff provides one-on-one research consultation for capstone and other research projects. The library also offers 24/7 access during finals week each semester.