Monthly Archives: December 2007

Study environments

On Monday evening I had an opportunity to speak to the faculty about the library as a study environment. These comments were part of a very long standing conversation about the extent to which the library is meant to be “academic space.” My strongly held belief is that the library is a service center, and the students are our primary customers. Because this is a highly academic community, the students need study space. Because they are normal adolescents, they don’t study all of the time. I want every student who walks in the door, at any hour that we are open, to be able to find a study environment that meets his or her immediate needs somewhere in the library. But the library is a very large space, (60,000 square feet!) and I believe that it is possible for the building to accommodate multiple simultaneous uses.

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