Big things in the works

Published on July 24, 2015

We are excited to announce the first phase of Taylor Library's Main Floor transformation project. The newly renovated spaces planned for Main Floor have been designed to meet the need for inviting, inspiring and collaborative learning & research spaces that we heard from our user community.

The first phase will include the construction and furnishing of six collaborative learning suites, each of which will include state-of-the-art learning technology. One of the suites will be designated for consultation purposes, where library staff can provide research services for faculty and students, while the other suites will be available to students, staff and faculty for group collaboration and study.

New small group seating will be available in the Main floor windows areas; and in this phase, one portico area will be renovated with new casual seating. There will more power outlets, improved lighting and a variety of learning and seating options.

Taylor Library will remain open throughout these renovations and there will still be access to the bookable group study rooms and computers. Main floor remains a conversation friendly zone. However, there will be some noise and disposable earplugs are available at the Service Desk. The Collaborative Learning Centre and quiet or silent study space will continue to be available on both Ground and Lower Ground floors and in the Stacks during construction.

Our Service Desk will be moving to near the entrance area and we will be providing enhanced self-service options that includes two self-checkout units, the hold shelf and course reserves. We will also be installing a new book drop that automatically checks in books placed in the drop!

These renovations are partially funded through gifts from friends of Western Libraries with our thanks.

"Big things ARE in the WORKS!"