AbstractMethods: An academic health sciences library received funding to initiate a major renovation project. In early stages of the project, library leadership and the Access Services Librarian had regular meetings with the design team to discuss possible floor plans and furniture needs. Student needs were in the forefront of discussions and guided planning to meet both practical needs and desired aesthetic upgrades. Throughout the renovation, the library provided announcements, signage, and online updates to keep stakeholders apprised of progress and affected areas. As demolition began, noise, dust and debris became concerns. The library worked with the construction managers repeatedly to reduce the stress and disruption for students, including planning for when certain construction activities could take place and providing regular communication.Results: The library has a new public service desk, new carpeting and flooring, compact shelving, upgraded restrooms, a new Creative Technology Lab (a maker space), and more open floor space. Space is reallocated to allow for more group study and clearer access to service areas such as the Research & Education Services office suite and the Historical Collections and Archives. Visitors to the library expressed interest and approval of the changes in the library. Suggestions for new areas and concerns about the changing space have been shared with the library verbally, via email, and through an anonymous comment system. Conclusions:Renovation of an occupied, high-use building on an academic campus provides many challenges, but can be accomplished in a way that responds to students’ needs. Library personnel’s frequent consultations with construction team members is essential for the success of a renovation project. The new space aligns with student requests and future student and faculty needs for technology, collaborative work, and knowledge discovery.
AffiliationRobert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library
DescriptionPaper presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, October 25-28, 2018 Orlando, FL
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