Wait a Minute, Something’s Different Here!

Monday morning a major change happened at the library. At 8:00 a.m. after years of anticipation, the doors between MSEL and the Brody Learning Commons (BLC) quietly opened. By 9:00 a.m. there were scholars in the the Winston Tabb Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives Research. By 9:30 a.m. there were students in the comfy chairs in the light-filled Schnydman Atrium. By 10:00 a.m., the new group study rooms were being used. By 11:00, there were students in the Quiet Reading Room silently studying and taking a moment to gaze thoughtfully out the floor to ceiling windows or explore the spectacular Mark Dion art installation.

And so it went throughout the day as students, faculty, and others slowly made their way into this new space. However, I bet there are a few things you would like to know about the space. So here are a few answers to some questions that have come up that may help you use the space more productively.

  1. Where are the computers? Well, we have very robust wireless in the BLC, but if you need a computer they are still in MSEL.
  2. Can I still reserve a group study? Yes, we are using the same Group Study reservation system that is currently in place. One thing that is new in the BLC group study rooms is that you need your JCard to access them.
  3. Is that big light filled Reading Room really QUIET? We sure hope so. Quiet study space is one of the things students always request. We're asking that everyone helps ensure the space remains quiet.
  4. Looks like there is a lot of technology in the space, how do I use it? We think most of it will be pretty self explanatory, but there will be IT help available from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m, M-F. In addition, during the first 6 weeks the library will have staff available from 10-11 a.m, 1-2 p.m., and 4-5 p.m. to answer questions. They will be wearing the ASK ME buttons.
  5. I noticed a lot of lockers, can I check one out? The BLC has 100 lockers for DAY USE that have self generated codes for locking. What is really great about these lockers is that there are electrical plugs in all of them so you can recharge your laptop, phone, or whatever while you go get a bite to eat. Just remember to clear them out by 6 a.m.

Want to learn more? Come to the Student Opening on Thursday, September 6 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Have more questions? Keep reading this space or ask a librarian.

About Liz Mengel

Associate Director Scholarly Resources and Special Collections

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