Creating the contemporary library
There is something about a physical space where ideas are shared, and quiet learning takes place that draws people to it. Libraries today are hybrids of virtual and physical resources. Our goal is to continue to build a robust electronic collection while simultaneously redeveloping our physical footprint into a highly flexible, contemporary place to learn and collaborate. Consolidating space to two floors will maximize space for more efficient use while reducing overhead costs. Stacks are being removed from the first floor and more creative, functional and flexible bookcases will be installed, creating small reading spaces or private study nooks. Ample private study cubicles will populate the quiet corners and window walls. Sturdy, attractive and comfortable furniture with desks and study carrels with built-in outlets will replace 25-45 year-old worn and dated furniture.
Our new layout will accommodate a larger classroom for testing and instructions, more meeting rooms ranging from double-sized to as small as a four person room on our street level.
Librarians and other staff space will also get a much-needed face lift and more workable work stations.
We have already completed phase I of the needed updates to some parts of the Library to resounding success. With your help, we’ll be able to accomplish all our goals and create a library space that is a centerpiece of the TMC.
Denton A. Cooley, M.D., Exhibit Hall