Support from the Jack Langson Library Fund has helped make possible renovations that have significantly improved the 3rd and 4th floors of Langson Library, leading to increased student usage and satisfaction. The project upgraded study areas, expanded access to computers, increased seating, and added shelving for collections.
Overall, Langson Library received nearly 8,000 additional visits during fall quarter. Major improvements include installing attractive carpet and new ceiling tiles, applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls, and upgrading lighting. All new furniture including comfortable lounge seating, adjustable chairs, and new tables and carrels are in place. Changes to the layout have given both floors a more open feeling and have concentrated seating in areas with natural light and views of Aldrich Park.
Feedback from students has been very positive. “It’s much more relaxing and comfortable,” said Steffani Chin. “I could sit there all day and study,” commented Natalie Goldman. Blake Bokosky added, “The new furniture gives the feeling that it is more of a lounge setting, similar to that of a Starbucks without the background noise. It has definitely made me use the library more frequently for studying and research.”
In addition to aesthetic improvements, support for student technology use was also increased. Many students carry laptops, iPods, cell phones, and other electronic devices that need to be recharged during the day. Additional electrical outlets were installed to accommodate these needs, and wired and wireless network capabilities were strengthened throughout the building. An additional 24 desktop computers were also installed for public use.
Bokosky was not the only one who now visits the building more frequently as the improvements have been implemented. Overall, visits to the Langson Library have increased significantly during fall quarter. The newly renovated areas are expected to see even more use as word gets around about the improvements. Future renovations will result in similar improvements to the building’s main and 1st floors.
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