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Spaces Changing at the University Libraries

Libraries all over the world are adapting to changes in research and educational practices by shifting into highly collaborative and technological destinations. The University Libraries continue to lead the way by changing our spaces and resources to meet the needs that have emerged across campus.

As part of Virginia Tech’s Creativity and Innovation District, the University Libraries are taking steps to make structural, technological, and programmatic upgrades to Newman Library. Newman currently holds 1,200 seats, which accommodates roughly 4% of the Virginia Tech student body. Our aim is to expand to 2,000 – 2,500 seats, which will accommodate nearly 8% of the Virginia Tech student body. Renovated commons areas will add more seating, enable collaboration and give access to project studio space and technology, which support digital literacy and Beyond Boundaries initiatives.

Many of the latest changes are taking place on the first and fourth floor of Newman Library. When you walk into the building, you’ll find five new reservable study rooms, three mediascape lounges, creation studios, and more. You may also notice significant renovations on our first floor as we partner with the Provost’s office and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to build a new Digital Humanities suite. This suite aims to support digital humanities teaching, learning, and research by faculty and students, and is scheduled to open August 2017.

The fourth floor of Newman is also undergoing significant changes. We are working on partnerships to develop the floor into a usable, innovative space. Renovations will likely take place over a longer period of time to allow for feasibility studies and repairs. In the meantime, as more collections are made available electronically, we have begun converting fourth floor stacks space into study and exhibit space.

The Libraries’ physical collections will still be available, and our resources will be even easier to access digitally and through borrowing services like Interlibrary Loan and BookRunner, a service where we deliver library materials to faculty offices daily via campus mail. Should users have trouble finding a resource, they can rely on our circulation staff as well as our subject specialists, who provide information services tailored to the needs of faculty, staff and students of each of Virginia Tech’s colleges.

All of these new services and spaces are available to support student and faculty success. Visit our website, follow along on social media, or stop by to explore how our library can meet your needs.