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Dean's Update – Thinking about Spaces for Learning

How does space, beyond classrooms and labs, influence learning? Measuring and explaining this has been the challenge our leadership team faces as we attempt to determine how the Libraries can gauge its contribution to the University’s strategic plan, specifically in the areas of academic excellence and improvement of the student experience.

This is a challenging question for which no commonly accepted practices or standards apply.

Renovation Plans to Improve W. W. Hagerty Library

Increased seating and improved utilization of space are the focus of a proposed renovation to W. W. Hagerty Library. After months of planning, library staff, along with campus planners and administrators and the architectural firm Kling Stubbins, have proposed ways to address these objectives.

“Although these are not finalized plans, I am excited by the possibility to add about 300 additional seats to the library – while increasing the flexibility of the space and improving traffic flow and decreasing noise,” said Danuta A. Nitecki, dean of libraries.

Exterior Renovations to take place at W. W. Hagerty Library

Beginning on Monday, December 17th the sidewalk on the south side of Market Street at the entrance to W. W. Hagerty Library will be closed for a construction project. This project is expected to last through early January and the sidewalk will be closed in phases.

During this time the library and Café will be open as scheduled with building access via Market Street. Pedestrian traffic will be asked to cross Market Street via the east side of 33rd or at 34th street.

We apologize for an inconvenience this may cause.

Architect Selected For Upcoming W. W. Hagerty Renovation Design

Philadelphia based architecture firm, Kling Stubbins was awarded the contract to design the upcoming renovation of W. W. Hagerty Library. On November 9th, they began work with Drexel facilities and library staff on the new design.

Libraries Launch Fundraising Campaign to Support Renovations at W. W. Hagerty Library

Empty seats are hard to come at W. W. Hagerty Library as the Libraries at Drexel are used more than ever, not only for serious study, but for learners to build the skills necessary to utilize information effectively.

Drexel recently has recently acknowledged a need to provide additional alternative group study environments, creating the Library Learning Terrace and now, after nearly 30 years of heavy use, W. W. Hagerty Library is ready for a renovation.

Deans Update: Evaluating Library Spaces

W. W. Hagerty LibraryThe success of a new building or a renovation can be gauged in many ways – but none better than by the actions and reactions of the users of the space. As the Libraries addresses the strategic direction to build learning environments that enable self-directed learning, we explore what contributes to such an environment, including the expectations for library spaces. In this issue of In Circulation, I will summarize two recent assessments.

Dean's Update: January 2012

Danuta A. NiteckiDanuta A. Nitecki

With the start of a new year, we feel refreshed to think about the future.  In this segment, I want to offer a preface to what will be reported in coming months. There are two particularly exciting tasks ahead.

By end of the calendar year we hope to complete the renovation of the W.W. Hagerty Library.   Mechanical upgrades, replaced carpets, and reupholstered furniture were completed over the past couple of years with special focus on refreshing the second floor and starting on the entry floor.   The remainder of the first and the ground floors still await renovation.  To inform space design to address new demands for library spaces, we will conduct a series of discussions with a group of faculty, students and staff over coming weeks about desirable features for learning environments and programs to support them.

Stairs Temporarily Closed

The stairwell between Hagerty's first and second floors is temporarily closed for reflooring. Please use the elevators to get between floors. We expect the stairs to reopen for use on Thursday the 17th.

Thanks for your patience while we beautify!

Am I hearing things?


We're making a some noise in the library over break. We know, we know, we're supposed to be quiet, but we have a good excuse: renovations.

During the break workers will be installing new lighting fixtures and ceiling tiles, and also doing some painting around Hagerty--especially on the second floor. It makes some noise, but we figure better now than when you're trying to concentrate on school work.

Workers are also preparing to begin new carpet installation in January.

Ceiling Renovations

If you were on Hagerty's first floor yesterday evening, you may have noticed that some work was being done on the ceiling tiles near the back of the building. This work will continue through the week around the perimeter of the first floor.

Fear not--work on the ceiling tiles will be suspended during exam week in order to avoid disturbing students. Until then, we appreciate your patience; we may have to ask you to move tables to make room for ladders.

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