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Updated: March 09, 2016

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Newly Renovated Library Opens January 4

Foothill College will open the doors to its newly renovated Library on January 4, 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, durable furnishings, 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.”

And there’s a lot of excitement to look forward to when the LLRC opens in January. The remodeled library will serve as home to a variety of resources and services, including

  • 8 group study rooms
  • 50-seat multimedia classroom
  • Book check in/out stations
  • Circulation/Reserve desks
  • Foothill Online Learning Program
  • Individual study areas
  • Information commons
  • Library faculty offices
  • Media Center Computer Lab
  • Periodicals (current and back issues)
  • Photocopy center
  • Reader stations
  • Reference/Information desk
  • Restrooms
  • Shelved books (stacks)
  • Textbook reserve station
  • Technology Services Department
  • Teaching & Learning Center (tutorial services)

Information Commons Maximizes Technology

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.

Until the library reopens, numerous indoor and outdoor alternate study areas are available on campus. Review the alternate study areas list to locate a quiet area that best meet your needs.

Remodel Funded by Measure C

The total price tag for the Foothill’s remodeled main library is $10.5 million. The cost of the second phase of the project has yet to be determined. When the two-phase project is completed, the LLRC will be 48,280 square feet, which includes 37,500 square feet in Bldg. 3500 and 10,780 square feet in Bldg. 3600. Minimal external architectural modifications were made to the exterior of the building, which continues to integrate with the campus’s award-winning Pacific Rim-style architecture.

The library renovation project is part of a larger series of facilities improvements at Foothill College and its sister school, De Anza College, in Cupertino, which have been funded by Measure C, a $490.8 million general obligation bond measure. The bond has enabled the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to upgrade electrical, heating, ventilation and fire/seismic safety systems; repair leaky roofs; improve access for people with disabilities; upgrade technology; and repair, construct, acquire and equip buildings, classrooms, libraries and science/computer labs. Voters in the district’s service area approved Measure C in June 2006.

Named after former Foothill College President Hubert H. Semans (1967–1973) and described as the campus’s living room, Foothill’s LLRC occupies a primary place for intellectual discovery, knowledge dissemination and academic learning. Through its high-quality instructional collections, variety of services, and professional library faculty and staff, the LLRC supports the college’s mission to provide an outstanding educational environment for its community of learners.

To accommodate renovation projects, the Library (Bldg. 3500) has been closed since July 2014. However, full library services continue to be offered by relocating them to temporary on-campus locations. The campus community has been able to access the online library throughout the remodel.

The project is the first of two for Foothill’s LLRC. The second phase includes a remodel of the adjacent Learning Resources Center (Bldg. 3600), which will begin in January with an expected completion date of Summer 2016.

For More Information

During fall, winter and spring quarters, the library is open Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During summer session, hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For information, visit or call the following:

  • Circulation & Reserve Desk, (650) 949-7611.
  • Reference Questions, (650) 949-7608

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