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University Libraries 2008 Fall Report: Facilities

This report highlights current activity across University Libraries. This information is being shared in advance of the annual fall meeting with Chairs, Directors, and Departmental Library Representatives and will provide background for discussion at the meeting.


Architecture Library received a significant renovation and expansion this summer. In addition to paint and new carpeting, a former classroom was added to the library space, creating spaces for both study and computer workstations. A new circulation desk is on order and should be installed near the end of the term.

Dr. Gerald H. and Victoria C. T. Read Special Collections Classroom and Processing Center on the 10th floor of the Main Library was dedicated on October 3. This generous gift from Victoria Thornbury in honor of her parents provides for much-needed archival processing space, a classroom for introducting primary materials to students, and the Libraries' first graduate assistantship.

Performing Arts Library is closed during the construction of the Roe Green Center. Users can request materials for pickup at other locations. Prior to the closing, the library received new paint and carpet; and, importantly, it was possible to reorganize the collections. Upon reopening the library will be known as the Performing Arts Library and will offer new study and computing spaces.

Presentation Practice Room on the 2d floor of the Main Library is now available for student use. The presenter's workstation and screen, along with the conference table seating six, provide an opportunity for students to practice their PowerPoint presentations. Students may reserve the space online through KentLINK ( or by calling 330-672-2177.

Writing Commons has relocated to the 4th floor of the Main Library. Formerly the Writing Center, the new facility offers more space for student tutors to work with clients on their writing projects. Students from all majors and status are welcome to take advantage of the service. Proximity to the Libraries' Reference Services enables more referrals to take place between the two services to assist students working on research papers.