Image Source: John Abbott College
For nearly three years, our college’s library has been under renovation. What was supposed to take roughly two semesters didn’t quite end up hitting the planned deadline. However, after many delays, the library is finally in a state where it can be accessed by the public.
I first entered the new space last Tuesday. I was shocked at how open the main floor was. Being mainly a space to study and to ask for aid from librarians, the entrance floor will house the circulation and reference desk as well as the reference collection. Plenty of computers and tables are open for use, which has been a desperate need for students requiring a quiet area to study. No longer will we have to crowd up the shark tank, cafeteria or the Oval.
Yet, there is still a lot of work to be done. If you have not yet visited, only two of the four floors are open. This includes the main floor (reading room) and the basement (cyber tunnel), which houses most of the circulation collection. The other two areas, the quiet study floor and information literacy lab, are still not complete. Students should also look forward to the collaborative study spaces for group projects.
According to one of the head librarians, Marek, the library will not be fully accessible until the end of the semester. Hopefully, I will be able to deliver a full report of the college library once it is fully complete.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 09 on February 12th, 2020