Gabriele Library Knowledge Commons: Phase 3
The information age has increased the need not only for digital media access, but also for physical space in which to discuss ideas face to face. Students and faculty seek comfortable, collaborative learning spaces rich with media resources, and access to learning and instructional support. Various offices and campus resources have partnered together to help the Gabriele Library evolve in its architectural space and function. The multi-phased creation of this Knowledge Commons includes enhanced infrastructure, integrated desktop environments, group study space, classrooms, and much more.
During the previous two phases of the Gabriele Library Knowledge Commons, the main floor of the library was renovated to allow for the relocation of the University Writing Center and the construction of the ImmacuLatté Café. Educational resources from the first floor were relocated throughout the library, allowing for the stacks on the main floor to be removed, thereby creating a large, open learning space.
In the third and most recent phase, work continued on the main floor layout, including installation of partial glass partitions, technology stations, group-study furniture clusters, meeting niches for visual and audio privacy, and large comfortable areas for personal and group work. The reference librarian’s desk was relocated to a more accessible and open location within the layout. A variety of dramatic new furniture types were introduced and well received by students, including stackable cubes, “birds nests,” bar height seating, and on-the-floor seating. Locations for printers and recharging areas were established throughout the space.