We are in the process of renovating level 2 of the library. This space will support the library’s vision of offering innovative services that encourage our community members to explore, create, and collaborate. Spaces that support these endeavors are proliferating in libraries and we are delighted to bring this long-term dream to fruition at Macalester. The Wood Room, the Library Instruction Room, and Archives and Rare Books will remain and two offices for Entrepreneurship and teaching space will be added. The new space will complement the other areas of the library enhancing our support for working, studying and teaching. The vast majority of the floor will be open for everyone in our community to use in ways that support both individual and group goals and needs.
Frequently asked questions
We are greatly enhancing study spaces on Level 2. When finished, we will have nearly doubled the reading, studying, relaxing and project-based work areas on Level 2. We are adding 4 new group study rooms, 16 movable white boards, white board walls, display monitors for group work, tables, couches, comfy seating, and more.
We will have several large work tables in an area of Level 2 for people to use in any way they wish, including opportunities for making. Whether you want to try your hand at 3D printing and modeling, spend some time knitting or sewing, or just feel the need to take a break and draw, this space will accommodate such uses. Over time we plan on offering workshops in this space. Watch for opportunities on our web site and in the Piper.
We will have many items available in the fall for our community to use in this space. Over time, we expect that the equipment and material needs will change based on community interest and feedback. When we open we will have sewing machines, a spinning wheel and looms, 3D printers, a vinyl laser cutter, scanners, digital drawing tablets, tons of art and crafting materials, maker books, and more!
On our campus, the library is a “third place,” a place that is neither the classroom nor home, but rather a location where community building and a sense of place is fostered and nourished. We use these third places as gathering spots for thinking and doing, and makerspaces fit this model. Libraries also serve as incubator spaces, allowing for equal access to resources for making as part of our broader mission for information creation. In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of the library and librarians create an ecosystem that supports creators in ways that invite new relationships to knowledge and information in whatever form that takes.
While we hope to have a coffee bar in the space one day, we don’t anticipate having one in the fall.
Books and information remain essential to our mission. All books previously on the Level 2 stacks have been moved to the other floors of the library to make room for these new spaces. The Wood Room Children’s collection will remain in its current location. We will be expanding our YA collection and adding a maker book collection to Level 2 as well. We are especially excited to highlight our special, rare and archival collections.
We anticipate the floor will be open for the fall semester 2017.
We are adding 4 additional group study rooms on this floor.
There are two new classrooms being added to Level 2 in addition to the existing Library Instruction room. One will be a campus-managed flexible, active learning classroom. The other will host the increasing number of classes that use the library’s rare, special and archival materials. Both of these rooms will be open for our community to use when not scheduled for teaching.