Clark Library is open!

The Clark Library’s doors opened to the public today and it is fun for us to see faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors admiring the building. We are still ironing out the kinks and having “real” people using the facility is helping us identify what else might need attention. More pictures to come soon, or stop by and see it firsthand (library hours)!

Power and Connectivity

New VDI monitors in the Learning Lab (click to enlarge)

New VDI monitors in the Learning Lab (click to enlarge)

 

Group study room (click to enlarge)

Group study room (click to enlarge)

A subtle, but critical, part of the renovation is the expanded technological and electrical infrastructure. Now the building has a higher capacity Internet connection and cabling throughout the space. Half of the group study rooms and a collaborative area on the main floor have monitors with laptop connections. The Digital Lab has new technology in its Image Production and Audio Production Studios.

Another big change is the increased access to electrical outlets. Gone are the days of students checking out power strips to reach a few available outlets. The renovated building has outlets along walls, in the floors, and even built into some of the furnishings.

It’s really happening!

New entrance at sunset

New entrance at sunset (click to enlarge)

Furniture unpacked

Furniture unpacked (click to enlarge)

 

The fences are down and the furniture is in the building. Now it needs its people to be complete! We’ll be moving out of the Terrace Room on August 2nd and settling staff into our new home the following week. This means we will be closed to the public from August 2 – 11. The Clark Library will reopen on August 12. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back into the wonderfully renovated building!

Bring in the chairs!

Chair delivery

Chair delivery (click to enlarge)

 

The collection move (books, periodicals, media) is complete! Now it is onto furniture delivery accompanied by teams of people to help assemble and arrange it all.

Let there be light!

Natural light streams in from the quad

Natural light streams in from the quad

Glass walls with decorative resin panel

Glass walls with decorative resin panel

One of the best aspects of the renovation is the increased natural light throughout the main and upper floors. This was achieved by removing interior walls, installing a central skylight, more windows in the entryway, and adding a glass bumpout to the left of the new entrance. The natural light is further maximized by the use of glass walls and partitions.

April Building Tours

Beginning carpet installation

Carpet installation starts in the Digital Lab on upper floor (click to enlarge)

 

These are the last public tours before the library reopens in early August. Don’t miss the chance to get a preview by signing up for an April 23rd or April 24th tour. Email Kathy O’Connell Riddell to reserve a spot. Tours start at 3:45 p.m. from the Franz Hall lobby and last about 45 minutes. Closed toe shoes are required.

Spring Cleaning

Before: Seat of Wisdom

Before: Seat of Wisdom (click to enlarge)

After: Seat of Wisdom

After: Seat of Wisdom (click to enlarge)

Oregon sculptor, Frederic Littman, created this sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary reading to the Christ child (also known as Sedes Sapientiae or Seat of Wisdom). This sculpture has graced the building since it first opened in 1958. As part of the building renovation it just underwent a major cleaning to remove the corrosion from the lead material and return it to its original glory.

March Building Tours

Entryway and Learning Lab area

Entryway and Learning Lab area (click to enlarge)

Spring is almost here and the library renovation is on track to finish by late July. See the changes underway by signing up for a hard hat tour on March 26 or March 27. Email Kathy O’Connell Riddell to reserve a spot. Tours start at 3:45 p.m. from the Franz Hall lobby and last about 45 minutes. Closed toe shoes are required.

Sneak peeks

Elevator door

Elevator door etched with names of great thinkers (click to enlarge)

Bathroom

Bathroom (click to enlarge)

The interior details are filling in nicely! And since a picture is worth a thousand words, the photo galleries have been revised for easier viewing by floor and major feature.

February Building Tours

Upper floor - new elevator and stairs

Upper floor – new elevator and stairs (click to enlarge)

Lower floor - fireplace lounge area (click to enlarge)

Lower floor – fireplace lounge area (click to enlarge)

Much progress has been made on the library’s renovation, especially on the inside! Be among the first to use the new stairs by signing up for a hard hat tour on February 26 or February 27. Email Kathy O’Connell Riddell to reserve a spot. Tours start at 3:45 p.m. from the Franz Hall lobby. Closed toe shoes are required.