COC to Expand Library

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By Chris Fujita – Cougar News Staff Writer

Tired of not being able to find a computer in the morning for that last minute print out?  Don’t like going back and forth between the TLC and the library?  Good news; more computers and the merging of the TLC are some of the changes to come with the planned expansion of the College of the Canyons’ library.

The current library building sits at 44,000 square feet and will grow to approximately 96,000 square feet.

Jim Schrage, COC’s Vice President of Operations, said that some of the new facilities will include “new math labs, English labs and a community computer lab.”

It’s no secret that COC’s student population is rising, a fact which was the impetus for the library improvement, not to mention the reason the project is being financed.

The $24 million project is half state and half district-funded under Measure M, a bond approved by voters in 2006 which also made possible the construction of COC’s Canyon Country campus and the recently completed University Center on the Valencia Campus.

19-year-old freshman education major Maggie Behrens said she would use the library more often with those new facilities, “why not add those labs and the TLC in the library?  It makes sense.”

Computer science/engineering and math major Oganes Khatchikian, 24, who arrives at school at 5 a.m. everyday and studies by the fountain in Hasley Hall said “I would definitely go there more.”

The expansion is not without its downside, however.  When completed, the new addition to the library will eliminate a total of 130 parking spaces, and likely more during construction.  A sizable amount could disappear in lot 15 which is adjacent to the library and Mentry Hall.

And apparently the lack of future parking is leading to concerns among some COC students.  “It’s not worth it, it’s pointless if it’s going to take away that much parking,” said Alex Mata,18.  “The biggest thing this school needs is more parking, not less…especially in that area.” said Chris Cyre, 20.

Cyre said an increase in library sources won’t affect him,  since he, like many students, usually brings his own laptop to school.

Khatchikian said of the parking question, “I don’t think they (students) should use that as an excuse (against the project), you know?  It’s no big deal to just park somewhere else and walk a little bit.”

Schrage said that in the future there may be a roof parking structure built over Lot 7 on the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon, but any current student at COC should not wait for it.

Perhaps best reflecting students’ attitudes and giving the simplest solution, Aaron Domio, 19, said “I guess it’s worth it, you just gotta get here a little earlier.”

Schrage said the college hopes to have final approval of the project by the end of October, and to have construction underway during the spring semester of 2010.  The construction is expected to take two years with the new facilities ready for student use in 2012.

Austin Dave, Staff Writer

Austin spent two years in the GVTV television production class at Golden Valley High School — one year on the staff and one year as the student producer. Following graduation in June 2009 he enrolled in the News Media class at College of the Canyons, where he enjoys his position as Web Director of Cougar News Online (CougarNews.com). In his spare time, Austin films and edits projects for local businesses, schools and bands. Video editing and cinematography are his two deepest passions. He enjoys living in the city of Santa Clarita and is the youngest member of the SCVTV staff.