Hedi Steinberg Library reading room compressedJust in time for the mid-term examination period, the transformed lower-level periodical room in the Hedi Steinberg Library on the Beren Campus is nearly complete and opens to students this week. It re-purposes a former set of stacks for bound and unbound periodicals into a much-needed set of spaces devoted to study and collaboration.  Head Librarian Edith Lubetski and Director of University Libraries Paul Glassman worked with designer Sedona Statt from W. B. Mason Company to create a plan incorporating several types of spaces: individual, quiet study at carrels; soft, lounge seating with swiveling tablets; and three group study rooms.  All carrels will have power outlets for laptop computers, and upgraded Wi-Fi will ensure top-quality connectivity to the Internet and university network.  Two of the group study rooms will be glass-enclosed and will offer glass white boards, and the third will be equipped with a large-scale flat-panel monitor for collaboration.  New carpeting, LED lighting, and paint throughout will further refresh the environment. The overarching goal of the space repurposing is to meet the demand for more reading, study, and peer-to-peer learning spaces on the Beren Campus.  A gift from the Mitrani Foundation and the support of Karen Bacon, Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences, made the project possible.



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