Over the past two years, Syracuse University Libraries have been planning for a renovation of the Learning Commons in Bird Library, which has not had a furnishings upgrade since its opening in 1972. A planning group visited with furniture vendors, interviewed students, toured other universities and colleges, and absorbed leading edge research about working habits in contemporary education and of millennial students.
Libraries’ leaders have also met with donors about this project. In particular, SU parents Mark and Christine Turner, who have chosen to honor their children by providing a significant gift in support of these new furnishings.
Chancellor Syverud recently announced a project to upgrade the layout and furnishings of the first floor of Bird Library, to be completed by the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.
The new furnishings will give the first floor more than a face lift. With power outlets built into the furniture and more networking added to the floor, students will no longer feel compelled to rearrange the furniture. The new environment will have a clean, modern look and be conducive to various types of collaboration and individual study.
For the remainder of the summer, Circulation, Technology, and Research Assistance services will be available from the center corridor of the first floor. The East side of the floor will remain open for use until July 30, however there will be no user seating or public PCs on the first floor from August 1 until Monday, August 25.
To accommodate the reduction in public space in Bird Library, the Carnegie Library Reading Room and the computer cluster in room 208 will reopen on August 1. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.