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Colorado Mesa University’s Tomlinson library has been closed since last fall, undergoing an expansive renovation. On Nov. 30, students will finally be able to study in the transformed library. They can also get a bagel.


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Tomlinson Library’s new features are anything but by-the-book

Colorado Mesa University’s Tomlinson library has been closed since last fall, undergoing an expansive renovation. On Nov. 30, students will finally be able to study in the transformed library. They can also get a bagel.

The center of the original library remains, but it is surrounded by a reorganized layout and many new features. On the first floor, the library’s circulation and reference desks form a right angle that points to the information technology help desk, enabling librarians and other staff members to direct students to the resources they need.

The changes are designed with modern users in mind. The number of computer workstations has doubled — there are now 300 scattered throughout the library. There are also two new classrooms with computers for every student.

Tomlinson Library now has 25 group study rooms. Some are furnished with chairs around a central table, while others are conference-style, with a long table in front of a large flat-screen television. Some of the rooms are media focused, with large, high-quality speakers and comfortable seating. Still others are quiet study rooms or family rooms with space for students with children to study.

The first floor of the library also houses a 24-hour study room, which will be closed off from the rest of the library after hours and is accessible from an outside door with a MAVcard. The space doubles as an event room, where library exhibits can be held.

The new bookshelves are high-density shelves, which means they are moveable with rotating levers on either side. They can stack flat up against each other, and open to the exact aisle a student needs to find materials, allowing for more books to be held in the same space as stagnant shelves and extending study space.

The library’s new dining area includes an Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Wholly Habañero and Pandini’s, Mexican and Italian offerings from Sodexo. The bagel shop will open on Nov. 30, providing students with coffee to get them through Finals Week. The Sodexo restaurants will open in January when the spring semester begins.

The food court, event space and an outdoor patio featuring a fire pit are separated by from the rest of the library with sound-blocking building materials. Tomlinson Library Director Sylvia Rael said that the noise levels in the building will decrease as users ascend to each level.

The updates reflect “a change in how people view libraries,” Rael said.

After the Nov. 30 soft opening, the library staff will spend winter break moving books and other materials back into the building. The library update will be completely finished when students return for the spring semester. A community-wide grand opening will be held on Jan. 13.

“Come January, we’re ready for insanity,” Rael said.

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Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

dnunn@coloradomesa.edu

970.248.1868 (o)

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