Last summer University Facilities began to reach out to the library to explore how Student Success Fees could be used to improve and transform library study spaces.
The library worked closely with Facilities to develop an exciting plan, presented to students last fall. After careful consideration by the Student Success Fee Committee, we are pleased to report that the committee voted unanimously to allocate half a million dollars to realize this vision – one that responds to years of survey data showing that Cal Poly students want more access to study spaces 24 hours, and additional group study rooms.
As a result of the students’ vote, the entire northern wing of the library’s first floor will be transformed into a vibrant 24-hour peer-to-peer learning and collaboration zone. New features will include four collaborative study rooms, multi-media production rooms, comfortable seating, and expanded access to computers in a reconfigured Data Studio.
Also planned as a later addition to the first floor is the relocation of a bigger and better interdisciplinary Innovation Sandbox – a program of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).
These new features, together with fresh new carpeting and expanded seating will transform the first floor into a welcoming and active nexus for students from all departments and colleges while preserving quiet 24 hour spaces that students also value and need. The renovations will take place this summer and be complete by fall 2016.
Student fees will also support continued improvements on the third floor with the addition of eight new study rooms this May, in the newly remodeled “Architecture Lounge,” and a variety of new seating.
The impact of these student-funded initiatives will be to double the current 24-hour space, increase the number of library collaborative study rooms by 50%, and provide rich and integrated new services and opportunities to explore innovative uses of data, maker tools, media, and design, in a space open to every student from every college.
The library is thrilled to have the students’ and university’s generous support and the CIE’s partnership, in realizing these transformational improvements to spaces that are all about access to resources that support student success.