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Purdy/Kresge Library

First Floor Purdy Library Reference & Computer Area Renovation

Friday, December 12th, 2008

To create a more comfortable environment for our library users, we will be installing new furniture in the computer and reference area on the first floor of Purdy Library.

This installation will begin December 18 and will last through the holiday break.

Library users will not have access to this area during that time. However, the stacks will be open to users and reference services will be available. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage patrons to visit the Undergraduate Library or the Science & Engineering Library during the upgrade.

To view a video simulation of the new reference and computer area, please go to:

Purdy/Kresge Electrical Outlets

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

You should change all the old 2-prong plugs in the Purdy/Kresge Library to 3-prong plugs. Those have been a standard longer than I’ve been alive and all laptops require a 3-prong outlet to run off of current and recharge batteries. This only seems to be a problem in Purdy/Kresge and even there some of the plus have been upgraded to 3-prong.

This is a very good suggestion. When library facilities manager and the computer support team manager read it, they put their full support behind it. They are now seeking funding to upgrade these outlets. The work has not yet been scheduled, but the replacement of the two-prong plugs with three-prong plugs on the first floor of the Purdy/Kresge Library should be forthcoming. More information about this will be posted to this blog as it becomes available.

The old two-prong plugs in the first floor study areas of the Purdy/Kresge Library were converted to three-prong plugs during December 2007 and were ready for use at the beginning of the Winter 2008 semester.

Maintaining the Libraries

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Comment: You need to pay more attention to building maintenance. The libraries shouldn’t be so shabby and dark.

Our mission is to provide our students and faculty with libraries where they will want to spend time. We are continually involved in projects to make the buildings more comfortable, safe, and appealing.

One of our major projects in this area took place last summer. With generous support from the Provost, we were able to recarpet the first floor of the Purdy/Kresge Library. We also took advantage of this recarpeting to make some other major changes. In the Kresge wing, we shifted the serials collection to the second floor and transformed the first floor into a quiet study area. On the Purdy side, we shrunk the size of our reference collection and repositioned furniture to provide as much study space as possible. One benefit of this is that we are now taking full advantage of the natural light available through the many windows in both the Kresge and Purdy wings.

Last academic year, the lighting on the first floor of Purdy was also completely refurbished, and we created a comfortable and well lit study area on the second floor of Purdy.