The Heights

Updated: May 23, 2016

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Celebrate Library's grand opening

Foothill College opened the doors to its newly renovated Library on Monday, January 4, just in time for the start of winter quarter. In addition to improved lighting and a new weather-resistant roof, the student-centered facility features a learning commons with state-of-the art technology, improved individual study areas, more group study rooms, a multimedia classroom, and efficient heating and air conditioning.

“Our library is being transformed into more than just a clean, well-lighted space for books,” says Foothill College Language Arts and Library & Learning Resource Center (LLRC) Division Dean Paul Starer. “We’ve focused our remodeling efforts to make the library a much more student-centered space. With an increase in the number of group study rooms, the inclusion of a quiet study area, and many other amenities like increased electrical outlets and soft seating, we expect that library should become an exciting hub of activity at the center of campus.”

The LLRC facility encompasses yesterday’s knowledge and today’s information in a building designed around the nexus of knowledge-based collections, access technologies and services that support learning in the 21st century. Technology plays a significant role in the remodeled facility. In addition to 50 new Mac and PC computer stations for students to use, the library will offer an information commons, a centralized location where students can search the library collection in comfort. The building will also feature plentiful electrical outlets, strategic use of natural light and a thoroughly redesigned reference and circulation counters. Technology has even usurped the cumbersome use of microfilm. Now, all articles that used to be available only on microfilm are now convenient to access via a variety of academic discipline-specific online databases. Librarians chuckle that absolutely no one was sad to say goodbye to the old microfilm reader.

The Library will celebrate its official grand opening on Thursday, March 17 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The event will feature guided tours, a student art exhibition, refreshments and live entertainment. No RSVP is needed.


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