Purdue Libraries celebrates Hicks Undergraduate Library renovation with Sept. 13 event

September 4, 2013  

Hicks Unergraduate Library

The Hicks Undergraduate Library's renovation includes ample student space, a warm, welcoming décor and a new lounge area with comfortable seating and bistro-height tables. (Purdue University photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University Libraries on Sept. 13 will celebrate the Hicks Undergraduate Library's ground floor renovation with live music, refreshments and games.

The "Hicks Renovation Celebration" will take place 4-7 p.m. in Hicks Undergraduate Library ground floor level.  Purdue Libraries will also launch a video contest, "Why I love Purdue Libraries," during the event.

The renovation was completed to better meet the needs of today's students. Now, upon entering the library, visitors see a dramatically transformed area that is more conducive for study and collaboration.

Some key highlights of the renovation include:

* A new lounge area, comfortable booth seating, bistro height tables, and architectural screens for creating privacy.

* Easily accessible electrical outlets and quick-access, stand-up computers for a brief check of email or to quickly print out assignments.

* An iDesk (service desk) to provide students assistance with both technology and library resources.

* A contemporary décor lending a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The renovation was funded by a grant from the university's repair and replacement fund. The grant was matched with funding from the Esther Ellis Norton Endowment and the Office of the Provost.

Student input has been crucial to recent changes made at Purdue Libraries. In response to student requests, the entire ground floor is now open 24 hours, seven days per week (after normal university hours of operation through Purdue ID card swipe).  Even the moveable chairs accompanying the computer work stations were selected after collecting student input.  The renovation makes the main area of Hicks an especially convenient place to study for students using the new high-tech IMPACT classrooms already open in the space.

Source: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries

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