Bastyr University celebrated the 21st century updates to its library with a reception on Jan. 19.
Space was cleared out in the main area of the library and the mezzanine to make room for a variety of seating options for students who wish to study in the library. They include tall tables and stools, arm chairs with side tables and low tables and cushions.
“The library space was pretty much occupied by shelving,” Director of Library Services Jane Saxton said. “We wanted to create a more usable space.”
In addition to new seating and tables that are better for laptop users, they’ve also added other updates such as more accessible outlets and better lighting. The entire mezzanine is now a quiet area for those wishing to concentrate on their studies.
All of the renovations came in an effort to modernize the library, which was originally opened in 1978. The students who utilize the library seem to be happy with the effort, according to Saxton.
“We’ve been collecting their responses,” she said. “Most are incredibly positive.”
For those worried about the historical collection once on display, it has simply been relocated to the John Bastyr Archive, and Saxton said library staff would be happy to direct patrons there. Similarly, the journal archive once housed in the mezzanine has been moved into storage.
The staff did get rid of excess books such as ones that were second or third copies or old editions.
For more information about Bastyr’s library, visit bastyr.edu/student-life/library.
Editor’s Note: This article previously stated Bastyr University celebrated the library updates with a luncheon. The Reporter regrets the error.