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Phase two of John Peace Library renovation to be completed by November

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(May 24, 2010)--The next phase of the John Peace Library renovation at the UTSA Main Campus, known as the Student Services Integration phase of the project, officially is underway. Construction is expected to continue through the summer and fall with an expected completion date of November 2010.

Improvements in this phase will include:

  • New spaces on the library's second floor for the Tomas Rivera Center (supplemental instruction and tutoring units) and the Writing Center will create a one-stop shop for student intellectual engagement and support.
  • An expansion of the Information Commons will integrate an additional 50 computers. Ten new instruction rooms also will be constructed.
  • Current periodicals, newspapers, government documents and microforms will moved to the fourth floor, joining the new Special Collections suite which opened last fall.
  • By popular demand, a new quiet study room will be constructed in the northwest corner of the second floor.

As part of these transitions, the building's elevators will be reconfigured this summer so that patrons can easily move from the fourth floor to the second floor circulation desk, and to ensure that all library entrances are monitored by security gates. Two elevators will run between the first and second floors, and the other two will run between the second, third and fourth floors.

Once the elevators have been reconfigured, the JPL stairwells will be available for use. Stairwells on the northeast and southeast sides (at the end of the library near the Main Building) will be accessible between the second, third and fourth floors.

Phase two of JPL's renovation comes on the heels of national recognition for the first phase completed October 2009. American Libraries magazine highlighted JPL's new information commons as part of the publication's annual design showcase.

JPL was identified in the American Libraries online edition as one of 12 exemplary library designs in their "Themes and Styles" category. In the citation, JPL's first phase of renovation was praised for softening the building's original concrete architecture through the use of unusual "wave" metal ceiling panels as well as color, furniture and accent carpet.

JPL patrons are asked for their patience during the next several months as construction causes noise and dust in the building. Free earplugs are available at both the front desk and information desk.

For more information about the John Peace Library renovation project, contact Eric Shoaf, assistant dean for operations, at 210-458-5506.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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