A look inside the COC Library renovation

by Ed Brooks, Staff Writer 570 views0

More computers, a bigger tutoring learning center, and more rooms for students to study and socialize with each other. These are just some of the wants and wishes that students at College of the Canyons would like to see in the new library expansion when it opens up this fall. Although these wishes may seem pretty hefty, it appears that the library will be able to accommodate students with their pleas, plus a whole lot more.

The COC Library will expand to an additional 51,000 square feet. The 16 million dollar state bond project will renovate the library on two different stages on two separate floors. The first floor will consist of the new Tutoring Learning Center (TLC). The current TLC is located in COC’s Bonelli Hall, and is around 5,000 square feet. When the new TLC relocates to the library this fall, it will expand to an astonishing 40,000 square feet; making the center an astonishing 800% bigger than what it is presently!

The second floor will consist of about 10,000 square feet of more innovative library features and additions. There will be 60 additional computers that students and guests will be able to access, which grows the number of computers in the library to over 100 available at any given time. Also, there will be a new collaborative work station called a media-scope. In the media-scope, students can plug into a central “puck” system with their laptops and view on a giant big screen what other students are working on; creating a true 21st century socializing experience.

There will also be a flex performance space for miscellaneous activities for students. If student groups or clubs would like to have a meeting area for poetry or reading groups, they will be able to meet and congregate together in this particular area; as well as in new group study rooms which will be added as well.

“Anyway you look at it, we’re adding a lot more space for a lot more students,” says James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean of Educational Technology Learning Resources and Distance Learning. “The library and the TLC supports all students in all disciplines and all programs on campus. We’re really thrilled that we add services and space for all students.”

With fewer bookstores available and more individuals relying on smart-phones, tablets, and other electronic devices for knowledge and learning, the COC Library knows that they have to keep up with current and future technology as well.

“A lot of people aren’t aware of it, but we already have 12,000 ebooks available through the Library’s book collection,” says Leslie Bretall of the COC Library.  “We know that every year, we’re gonna be buying fewer books in print and more electronic databases. They take up less room, (and) they’re more easily shared.”

With all of these new additions, it appears that the COC Library is trying to expand to new heights; not just in books, but in ways of student interaction and new 21st century technology. The new library complex will open it’s doors to students and guests at the beginning of the fall semester 2012.

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