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Fintel Library Renovation

Fintel Library Renovation

A renovation of Fintel Library's Main Floor was undertaken during the summer of 2014. The goal was to change the floor from being collection oriented to being engagement oriented.

New elements included an expanded Cafe, a Collaboration Zone, a Focused Study Zone, and an Information Commons. Conceptual drawings are show below. The images highlight some of the major concepts implemented.

Out with the old? Well, not quite:

  • Journals/Perioidicals- Circulating titles can be found on the Main Floor. Non-circulating Current Periodicals are located near the Microforms area on the Ground Floor.
  • Media Collection- The Media Collection is located on the Main Floor between the Central Stairwell and Restrooms. 
  • Reference Collection-  Our most frequently used ready reference materials are available on the Main Floor.  The majority of the collection is located on the Ground Floor between the Central Stairwell and Elevators.

We hope you enjoy the energy you'll find in our redesigned spaces!

Library staff actively worked with BCWH, the project architects, to finalize the design.

The Basics- There will be new carpet and paint, and more natural light with the elimination of several columns around the Central Stairwell.

Cafe 2.0- An upgraded and enhanced cafe with new flooring, expanded seating, video, and a whiteboard wall.

Collaboration Zone- We're adding new flexible seating that you can move into an arrangement that works best for your group. The area can also be used for college-sponsored speakers for small groups.

Information Commons and Focused Study-

The Information Commons will include a custom PC area. There will be more PCs, a laptop counter, a custom print station, and modules for group work. The Focused Study Zone is an area with traditional seating for those who want to study in a livelier setting.  [The Second Floor remains your refuge for Quiet Study.]