As a building in and of itself, it's not bad. There's a lot of glass and steel. Some brick. A green roof. It looks like a nice, modern office building.
The inside is rather cold. It's long and narrow, with more than enough computer desks and seating to make everyone happy. The office space is functional and energy efficient. The new classroom space, at least on the main and upper floors is light and airy, with plenty of natural light. There are windows everywhere.
The new Learning Commons, a fancy term for a library, does not place an emphasis on the printed and bound word. There are no shelves and stacks. No periodicals, nor encyclopedia in view. You select what you want from a computer. The automated book retrieval system might not be as popular as originally thought, according to a quote in the school newspaper, from the University's business affairs vice president.
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Marywood needed a new library. The one is well intentioned. I see what they were trying to do.
The library is the heart of the campus, and it should be at the center of the educational cluster. The design just doesn't work for me.
Another aspect of the new building tomorrow.