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New Library, Learning Commons and Technology Center Create Space for Entrepreneurial Endeavors
Occupying the site of the University’s former Orradre Library, the new four-level building has nearly twice the square footage (194,000 square feet, to be exact) and accommodates 1.1 million volumes, 28 collaborative workrooms, laboratories for faculty development and multimedia, three video viewing and taping rooms, wireless networking throughout, and 1,050 reader seats with wired network connections and electric power. All of these exciting resources are brought together in a welcoming, open design that offers flexibility for a range of activities.
“It’s a much more human space than the old library was─light, airy, the kind of place where people seem to be very comfortable to come and spend time interacting with each other and around ideas,” says Ron Danielson, SCU’s vice provost for information services and chief information officer. “It also provides a lot of space for student collaboration, either among students or between students and faculty. We deliberately designed most of the furnishings to be reconfigurable so that students can provide for themselves the kind of space that they need to accomplish any given task─to sort of make the facility their own, take it over and make it work for them.”
Max Osbon, an SCU sophomore developing the Green Our Nation biodegradable cell phone with fellow student entrepreneurs, has been making the most of the facility’s collaborative opportunities since its opening in March.
“We use the conference rooms all the time─that’s the best thing. We can make a reservation, get in there, use the projection screen and throw up all our ideas, so it’s been very helpful,” says Osbon. “There are virtually limitless communication options in all of the different rooms in the library…it’s pretty amazing. It gives us many more choices than we had before in terms of getting connected with other people.”