“We’ve redesigned our space to ensure that teaching, learning and research take place in a stimulating, comfortable environment that offers the latest in information technology along with the amenities of a Starbucks,” explained Colleen Cook, dean of the University Libraries. “Students and their parents support the library through user fees, and we want to have the best resources available, even in difficult times,” she added.
The ever popular, but overcrowded Poor Yorick’s coffee shop has expanded seating from 16 to 85 with direct entry into the Evans Library. New tables, benches, booths and chairs offer a more relaxed ambiance for individuals and groups.
The renovation brings 12 new group study rooms with erasable whiteboard walls for brainstorming and conceptualizing projects in writing and diagrams.
A favorite study lounge and relaxation spot, sponsored by the Aggie Moms, has been made larger and refurbished with colorful, comfy furnishings. New accessories, furnishings and technology were funded by the Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs Library Endowment.
A warm, earthy color palette throughout offers a calming effect in this high traffic crossroads where library services and serious study intersect. The use of plants, natural light and soft furnishings also add to the ambiance and comfort of the space.
Users of laptops, cell phones and other electronic devices will find more electric outlets for convenient operation and recharging.
A new all-in-one service desk will offer a personalized experience for users seeking assistance. Unique consultation areas nearby will provide users with a focused service by library professionals with expertise in subject areas from art to zoology.
Rubber floors will help control noise levels and provide comfort to sore feet. Two large monitors display student-focused information such as hours and announcements.
“We’re very excited about the makeover of this space and the innovative features,” commented Dennis Clark, head of Public and Research Services. “The response from students in the first days of classes has been overwhelmingly positive.”
More information and photos are here.
Contact: Charlene K. Clark, Development & Promotion Coordinator, University Libraries, at 979-862-4233.