Library Renovations to Take Place During Break
Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services
When students return to campus next semester they’ll be greeted by a newly-designed computer area in the Dimond Library offering a centralized location for electronic equipment, lockers, and better lighting.
Work on the main level will begin once students have left for the holiday break; however, the library will remain open during the renovations (except from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 when the university is closed).
The redesign will create an alcove in the computer area with half walls to centralize equipment including scanners, copiers and printers into one convenient work area. Every other book stack will be removed and the height of the remaining stacks will be cut in half to create a more open and inviting space, providing more natural light and a view outside from computer area seating.
New lighting will be installed over the tables, which will be retrofitted for computers and laptop accessibility.
Existing furniture will be moved from other areas of the library and retrofitted (ports/outlets installed) making the cluster area convenient for individual and group work.
On the main floor, lockers are being added where students can store their laptops between classes. Benches will be available in this area for cell phone users as well.
Meanwhile, the microforms collection has been sorted through and relocated. The former microforms room on Level Two will have 58 additional seats (all with electricity) when students return in January.
Comments or questions regarding these renovations can be directed to Tracey Lauder, assistant dean for library administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-3041.