Although we love the smell of old books that’s just not the reality in education today. Today’s education happens in books, online, in ebooks and in the clinic so it can quickly incorporate all the newest research tested knowledge. Gone is the need for rows and rows of old books all in the same room but it doesn’t lessen the need for a quiet, welcoming place to study for next class or exam. When the SOD library resources were moved to a health sciences shared library space we had the opportunity to reimagine what our old library space could be and we want it to welcome and attract students and give them a place they can use to be successful. Designed with feedback from students, this much-needed space will provide areas for students to meet and study, offering them access to technology in quiet rooms and group sitting areas. It will be the only designated study space
in the building. The first phase – which included removing temporary walls and installing new carpet, paint and window shades – has wrapped up and we are working with designers and architects, as well as an internal team of students, faculty and staff, to develop phase two for our new Study Commons.