On my return to the library this semester, I noticed the construction of a cafe in the first floor!! What’s the story with this construction? Will it bring new monies to the library? Does it serve as a new and trendy studying area and food friendly area? Best, Lance
You are absolutely correct that we are in the process of constructing a Library cafe in the lobby of the Library. The cafe project is a collaborative effort, which is being funded by the University Center, Plant Operations, and the Office of Academic Affairs. Construction will be completed over the summer and the beverage/snack bar, which will be coordinated by the University Center, is expected to open at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester. The cafe will not bring additional funds to the Library, but that was never really the intent. Our primary goal in constructing the cafe is to provide new services for our students in a comfortable and welcoming environment within the Library, in support of their academic pursuits. We know that many students spend long hours in the Library at times when other dining services on campus may not be readily available or convenient. Those hardworking students will now have the option of finding needed sustenance (particularly hot beverages, such as coffee and tea, and fresh snacks) without even having to leave the building.
More information about the Library cafe is available on the Learning Commons News page.