Month: June 2019

Dunbar Library Capital Improvements Summary: What Students Wanted and What We Provided

A multi-modal building use study was completed during the 2015 calendar year. We studied building use patterns and conducted a needs assessment survey of our students. Using this data, we prepared a State Capital Funding request in 2017 to replace carpet and furniture and modernize the library. $1.1 million of state funding was received in the summer of 2018 and improvements were made during the 2018-19 academic year.

What Students Wanted and What We Provided

New carpet – 81,100 square feet of new carpet on the 2nd through 4th floors.

More study space – Repurposed 5,883 square feet for new student study spaces.

Private study rooms, bookable – 7 individual rooms and 6 multipurpose rooms now available with cloud-based, self-booking software.

More designated quiet study areas – 2nd floor annex now designated quiet study, 7 quiet study rooms added.

Update furniture: add more soft furniture, get a variety of furniture, offer flexible layouts – New furniture on all floors: booths, couches and 5 styles of soft seating, new chairs – with/without arms and with/without wheels, 4th floor tables/chairs on wheels, sit/stand desks, bicycle desks, 40% more soft seating.

Fewer wooden carrels and more open individual tables with dividers – Replaced wooden carrels with 22 individual tables with dividers, retaining six wooden carrels for students who prefer that level of privacy, added modern soft-sided single carrels.

More whiteboards – Added 13 rolling whiteboards, 9 whiteboard tables and hung whiteboards in bookable rooms.

More computers – Kept same number of computers, but relocated some. Use data from 2015 – 2019 showed a downward trend in computer use.

Computers/Printing on other floors, quiet computing area – 3rd floor, room 328 offers 7 individual quiet study rooms with computers/dual monitors and printing.

Update computer workstation furniture – Old workstations removed, wider tables installed providing opportunities for dual monitors on most computers.

Bring outlets to study areas – Connectrac installed to stretch outlets to new areas, over 200 outlets and 150 USB ports added on table tops, 5 power towers added. Furniture laid out to take advantage of outlets.

Expand library hours on Friday and Saturday evenings, expand summer break hours – We extended finals week hours on Friday/Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings and extended summer break hours by 78% to support medical students in their summer term. Loss of library staff prevented us from offering more.

Replace elevatorsIn progress, completion by December, 2019.

See this information in a printable PDF: Library capital improvements summary

19th Amendment Anniversary

Display for books for 19th Amendment
3rd floor display for 19th Amendment

June 4th marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote in the United States. Throughout the month of June, stop by our 3rd floor book display featuring a variety of works relating to the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the evolution of women’s rights and activism in the United States since the passing of the 19th Amendment.

In addition to our print collections, the University Libraries also provide access to a number of online resources supporting research in the areas of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Please visit our WGS Research Guide for more information.
While the anniversary of the passing of the amendment will happen this June, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the amendment will take place on August 18, 2020. Look for more displays in Dunbar Library as well as events throughout campus as anniversary celebrations continue.
Votes for women!