What Did it Take to Move the Library?

Published on 27 October 2015

Books, academic journals, and newspapers have made their way over to a new home in the Academic and Research Building (ARB). Throughout the month of July, library staff prepared print collections for transportation over to the new, state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot library.

“The library relocation project has been ongoing since last summer when we eliminated more than 8,000 books ranging from topics about living together as a group or a tome called The Kangaroo,” says Jill Nissen, library director and assistant professor of information science. “Our staff worked tirelessly to provide a space that would improve the educational experience for our students.”

Overall, the library moved a total of 16,062 books, 27,480 academic journals, and 1,518 audiovisual materials. One of the more eclectic items that made its way over to the new space included an old-school microfilm reader printer.

“The old library was built back in 1987, when the College was much smaller,” says Nissen. “When we tripled the size of the new library, it was not just about expanding shelving space. The true growth came in seating space, in order to provide our students with a better learning environment and expanded study area.”

“I am in awe of how well the College has listened to the requests of students,” says Alyssa Hitpas, P2. “My favorite part of the new construction is the study space that it is available 24/7. I also appreciate that within the study spaces there are endless amounts of power towers, televisions for laptop hookup, and white boards. This will make studying much less stressful.”

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