Langson Library Renovations a Success with Students
In the Fall 2006 UCI Libraries Update, University Librarian Gerry Munoff wrote, “Library facilities will play an important role in supporting UCI’s growth over the next decade. Projects to renovate and reconfigure existing buildings to meet the changing needs of our faculty, students, and community users began this summer and will continue over the next few years.” The Libraries are pleased to announce that the next phase of renovations has been completed and is a great success with students.
With support from the Jack Langson Library Fund, recent renovations to the 3rd and 4th floors of Langson Library have been completed. The first phase of the project, which included installing attractive carpet and new ceiling tiles, and applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls, was completed prior to the start of the Spring 2007 quarter. These renovations dramatically improved the look and feel of both floors, and users responded positively to the changes.The new furniture gives the feeling that it is more of a lounge setting, similar to that of a Starbucks without the background noise. It has definitely made me use the library more frequently for studying and research.
-Blake Bokosky, Student
During Spring 2007, Langson Library saw a 5% increase in visits, or more than 13,000 additional visits, in comparison to the prior spring quarter. Additional changes were made throughout the following year such as the installation of new end panels to the stacks and placement of all new furniture (comfortable lounge seating, adjustable chairs, new study tables, and individual carrels) throughout both floors. Changes to the layout have given both floors a more open feeling and have concentrated seating in areas with natural light and views of Aldrich Park. During the 12 months following the completion of the first phase of the project, the Libraries received approximately 27,000 additional visits (a 3% increase) in comparison to the previous year.
In addition to aesthetic improvements, support for student technology use was also increased. Many students carry laptops, iPods, cell phones, and other electronic devices that need to be recharged during the day. Additional electrical outlets were installed to accommodate these needs, and wired and wireless network capabilities were strengthened throughout the building. An additional 24 desktop computers were installed for public use, with more planned for installation during the fall quarter.
Future renovations will result to similar improvements to the building’s main and 1st floors, and other renovation projects are planned for the Science Library and the Libraries Gateway Study Center.
For more information, or if you are interested in receiving email updates on the progress of these projects, contact Bruce Bromberger, Director of Space Planning and Facilities (firstname.lastname@example.org or x43981), or go to: facilities.lib.uci.edu/spaceplanning.