What’s New in the Library?

new signs on the first floorWelcome back to classes, everyone! The Chester Fritz Library has been busy updating different areas to provide more and varied study and gathering spaces.

One of the first things you’ll probably notice is the updated signage around the library, thanks to one of our amazing student workers, Andrew. Each floor is now coded with a color and a symbol to help you more easily find your way around the library. In addition, the maps are oriented in the same direction that the viewer is already facing, which will make it much easier to know exactly which direction to turn when coming out of the stairwell or off the elevator when you’re trying to find a book or other item.

So what else is new? Let’s start with some of the new or updated study spaces on the first floor! Items have been shifted and shelving removed to allow for more study spaces by the fabulous windows on the east side of the first floor. The southeast corner updates have been arranged for maximum access to power outlets, allowing students to recharge devices easily while studying.

New furniture and more spaces to study on the northeast side of the first floor
New furniture and more spaces to study on the northeast side of the first floor

 

Removed shelving allowed much more furniture and better lighting from the windows on the southeast side of the first floor.
Removed shelving allowed much more furniture and better lighting from the windows on the southeast side of the first floor.

 

We originally opened the video room (Room 220) on the second floor last semester, but we’ve more recently updated the furniture in that room and hooked up the final components. Stop by to check out the smart blu-ray player and watch DVDs or blu-rays. You can also sign into your own video streaming accounts to watch movies. (Just be sure to log out of your account and off the computer when you’re done!)

video viewing room with smart blu-ray and DVD player
Video Viewing Room (Room 220) on the main floor of the library.

 

Second-floor study areas have also seen some updates, with many study rooms receiving refreshed conference tables and chairs. Take a look at the updated rooms with collab stations for students and faculty to use:

Updated study space with refreshed furniture and a collab station
Updated study space with refreshed furniture and a collab station
More refreshed furniture in a room with a collab station
More refreshed furniture in a room with a collab station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New tables and chairs have now been placed in the newly created study space outside the Fishbowl, near the library administration offices:

New tables and chairs in a newly opened space outside the Fishbowl
New tables and chairs in a newly opened space outside the Fishbowl

 

And we can’t forget the lounging spaces! Remember the floral-print chair that used to be on the first floor? We’ve replaced it with a sectional couch to allow for maximum lounging space:

sectional couch on first floor of library
Remember the floral-print chair that was in this corner? Now there’s a couch for more lounging space!

 

Stop by the library to see what else is going on!