The Clark Library’s doors opened to the public today and it is fun for us to see faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors admiring the building. We are still ironing out the kinks and having “real” people using the facility is helping us identify what else might need attention. More pictures to come soon, or stop by and see it firsthand (library hours)!
A subtle, but critical, part of the renovation is the expanded technological and electrical infrastructure. Now the building has a higher capacity Internet connection and cabling throughout the space. Half of the group study rooms and a collaborative area on the main floor have monitors with laptop connections. The Digital Lab has new technology in its Image Production and Audio Production Studios.
Another big change is the increased access to electrical outlets. Gone are the days of students checking out power strips to reach a few available outlets. The renovated building has outlets along walls, in the floors, and even built into some of the furnishings.
The fences are down and the furniture is in the building. Now it needs its people to be complete! We’ll be moving out of the Terrace Room on August 2nd and settling staff into our new home the following week. This means we will be closed to the public from August 2 – 11. The Clark Library will reopen on August 12. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back into the wonderfully renovated building!
The collection move (books, periodicals, media) is complete! Now it is onto furniture delivery accompanied by teams of people to help assemble and arrange it all.
One of the best aspects of the renovation is the increased natural light throughout the main and upper floors. This was achieved by removing interior walls, installing a central skylight, more windows in the entryway, and adding a glass bumpout to the left of the new entrance. The natural light is further maximized by the use of glass walls and partitions.
These are the last public tours before the library reopens in early August. Don’t miss the chance to get a preview by signing up for an April 23rd or April 24th tour. Email Kathy O’Connell Riddell to reserve a spot. Tours start at 3:45 p.m. from the Franz Hall lobby and last about 45 minutes. Closed toe shoes are required.
Oregon sculptor, Frederic Littman, created this sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary reading to the Christ child (also known as Sedes Sapientiae or Seat of Wisdom). This sculpture has graced the building since it first opened in 1958. As part of the building renovation it just underwent a major cleaning to remove the corrosion from the lead material and return it to its original glory.
Spring is almost here and the library renovation is on track to finish by late July. See the changes underway by signing up for a hard hat tour on March 26 or March 27. Email Kathy O’Connell Riddell to reserve a spot. Tours start at 3:45 p.m. from the Franz Hall lobby and last about 45 minutes. Closed toe shoes are required.
The interior details are filling in nicely! And since a picture is worth a thousand words, the photo galleries have been revised for easier viewing by floor and major feature.
Much progress has been made on the library’s renovation, especially on the inside! Be among the first to use the new stairs by signing up for a hard hat tour on February 26 or February 27. Email Kathy O’Connell Riddell to reserve a spot. Tours start at 3:45 p.m. from the Franz Hall lobby. Closed toe shoes are required.