June 2020 — 360 Tour
Library’s north entrance to close for construction
The north entrance to the William Knox Holt Library and Learning Center will be closed from April 21 to July 15 for the Library Plaza Renovation Project. Please use the south entrance on Brubeck Way for building access.
As part of the library renovation project, the north entrance plaza will be redesigned to encourage mindfulness and will continue to include a water feature. Upon completion, the project will result in a visually rich transition from the Memorial Columns and Knoles Lawn into the library.
Student Welcome Event
On Thursday, Jan. 30, the Library hosted a celebratory event for our Pacific students to mark the reopening of the 2nd Floor Reading Commons.
It was a huge success. Gate count for the event (north and south entrances) was 3,678 entry/exits. In the past few months, we averaged 500 entry/exits a day. We handed out 5,000+ raffle tickets, gained 100+ new social media followers, had 188 submitted scavenger hunts, and gave out 20 raffle prizes ranging from $5 Starbucks gift cards to a Nintendo Switch ($300).
Students were thrilled — primarily with the food and the prizes! — but we also received some complimentary comment cards on the reopening of the 2nd floor in our Feedback boxes:
- This place is AMAZING!
- I LOVE what you’ve done to this place. Beautiful. Thank you to all who worked on this great library for all their hard work and sacrifice. Truly Amazing.
If you haven’t come by to check it out yet, make sure you take the time! Or in the meantime, check out our saved Instagram Stories of the event by clicking here or watch the Cube created video below.
Launch of Reading Commons and Student Welcome Event
The second floor “Reading Commons” — 15,000 square feet, 100+ seats, nine study rooms, and a Multifaith Meditation and Prayer Area – is reopening for student use! A Student Welcome Event will take place on Thursday, January 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. with 20 raffle prizes throughout the day, a scavenger hunt, a photo booth, food, and beverages! Come see the completed renovation of the second floor, the study rooms and get some raffle tickets. Prizes, eligible to current students only, include a Nintendo Switch, Airpods Pro, Fitbit Versa 2, an Echo Dot and more!
Phase II of the Library construction is almost complete! Carpet installation was completed. Furniture has started arriving and installation on the second floor will finish by the end of the month. The central elevator has been placed back into service and can now be used for access to the Garden Level, First, and Second floors. There will be a Welcome Back event for students as soon as final inspection from the city is completed. Students will have the opportunity to play games, snap pics in a photo booth, enjoy snacks and enter to win prizes throughout the day. More information will be available on the library website and social media. We cannot wait for the Library to be operating at full capacity again and look forward to welcoming back our users to all the renovated floors soon!
We are well on our way to wrap up renovation of the 2nd and 3rd floors in January 2020. New light fixtures and fire sprinklers have been installed and painting was completed. Carpet installation will begin during the week of Dec. 30 and furniture is expected to arrive in early January. The café (Starbucks) construction has begun and is expected to be completed in March 2020.
Students will be able to use the newly opened sections by late January, when the library will welcome them with a student event. Details of the welcome event will be made available in January.
The library appreciates all 112 suggestions and comments that students provided via two feedback boxes on the first and second floors, web form, email, or in-person. We responded to them and look forward to a continued conversation with students about their expectations and space needs. Thank you for your recent positive feedback. Your comments are helping us make the library a better space to study, learn and create. We look forward to sharing the renovated spaces with you when they reopen in January.
Enjoy an updated 360 tour of the completed, renovated spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors
The library continues to make renovation progress and is expected to be completed in January 2020.
- Learning Commons
- Group Study Rooms, Computers/Printers, Leisure Reading & Children Collections, Individual and Group Seating, and Living Room
- Academic Commons
- Student Academic Support Hub (Academic Support Librarians, Student Writing Center, General Academic Tutoring, Math Skills Program, Student Athlete Study Hall) and Center for Teaching and Learning
- Deep Quiet Study Space on 3rd floor
- Multi-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space
First Week of School
We look forward to welcoming the campus community into the renovated 1st floor and 2nd floor west wing. Students, staff and faculty can use both north (the new Vertical Village) and south (Brubeck Way) entrances.
This re-opening signals the conclusion of Phase One. Simultaneously, we are initiating Phase Two, which closes the 3rd floor and 2nd floor east wing for the fall semester. Phase Three — a Starbucks café — is in design development. View images of the newly renovated spaces below and plan to come by soon to see these beautiful new spaces for yourself:
More new furniture will be arriving in the upcoming months. 64 high chairs will be arriving on Friday, September 6th. Furniture for the Cook Family Children's Literature Collection, located on the 1st floor, will be arriving in early October.
The library is also extending its operating hours in an effort to accommodate student feedback, view hours below:
August 2019 — 360 Tour
From May 29 through May 31 there will be a crane staged and a truckload of steel in and around the Main Entrance to the Library, where the fountain is located, to begin rebuilding the front entrance. The area will be secured and delineated for safety purposes. The concrete and asphalt site work is expected to be completed by June 3, 2019.
Construction is in full swing at the library. The first floor, which includes Innovative Commons and Learning Commons, is expected to be completed by July 2019. The focus will then shift toward construction of the Reading Commons and Academic Commons on the second floor. Catch a glimpse of construction progress in three formats below (images, video, and 360 tour).
During spring finals, the Alumni House will host additional study space for students. It will start on April 28 th and go through May 9 th. The hours will be from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Board of Regents room. Students can access this space via swipe card access from the west side of the building.
Pacific Recreation is offering their group fitness room, the Stripe Studio, in the Baun Fitness Center to create additional study space for students. This space will be closed off to the rest of the fitness center so that there will be minimal noise distractions. It will start on May 4 th and go through May 8 th during Baun Fitness Center open hours at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday - Wednesday). Open to all Baun Fitness Center student members. Students can access the space via swipe card access from the front desk.
More additional space is being provided at Sears Hall in the Morris Chapel for students. Sponsored by the Religious and Spiritual Life. It will start on May 1 st through May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to midnight, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 5 from noon to 8 p.m., May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to midnight. The space will include large tables and couches. Free coffee, tea, and snacks will also be provided.
The first phase of the library construction has begun and will last throughout the Spring & Summer semesters. Pardon our dust and the noise. First floor is closed. Ear plugs and noise-cancelling headphones are available at the Ask Us desk, 2nd floor.
Please use the South entrance of the Library, located on Dave Brubeck Way, to access library services and departments which are now on the Second Floor, Third Floor and Garden Level.
To locate specific departments, see revised floor directory.
You can contact the library by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 209.946.2431. For ADA assistance into the library, please call 209.932.3317.