When will the library renovation be complete for student areas and what has been done to replace the space that will be occupied by the faculty and staff surge renovation area? (9/16/2019)

The Schulz Library has always been a primary location for students to study, relax, and enjoy quiet time in between classes. With the Stevenson Renovation, it is our intention to maintain that purpose to the best of our abilities. With the understanding that some library space will have to be utilized, temporarily, to house faculty and staff from Stevenson Hall we have made the following investments in the library:
- The first floor has received new carpet and will have new furniture delivered in an effort to provide more comfortable and student-centered learning spaces. This furniture will range from individual, semi-private booths, study desks, computer desks, and group study tables. We expect most of the new furniture to be installed by early October. Two rooms now used to house SSU employees will be converted to study rooms next summer.
- The second floor (south), in the area in front of the Makerspace, saw the removal of an unused circulation desk as well as the removal of dozens of cabinets of old microfilm. Collectively this allowed the Library to re-capture many of the student study spaces temporarily displaced by the Stevenson surge. This allowed the creation of 125 student study spaces in an area where few spaces existed previously.
- The north wing of the third floor (quiet study space) will be impacted by the addition of faculty and staff workspace on the second floor and offices and classrooms on the third floor. As a result the quiet study area is being moved to the south side of the third floor, and more active learning space will occupy the north side of the third floor. The Quiet Study Room in our Special Collections department will continue to be available for ultra-quiet study.
Overall, we appreciate everyone's patience as the Schulz Library is asked to assist in the temporary housing of faculty and staff. Through creative thinking and effective space management by Library faculty, staff, and management, actual loss of seats has been kept to a minimum, though we understand the Library is more crowded, particularly during peak periods.
In February 2020, the Library will be offering special sessions where students, faculty, and other library users can weigh in on the Library's design following the reopening of Stevenson in Fall 2022. At the completion of the Stevenson renovation it is expected that student study space will significantly increase over previous counts, and we want significant student input to design the new furniture and study spaces. Watch for the announcement for these sessions, and we hope to see you there.