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Learning Commons – Continuing Progress

By Peter Deekle, Dean of University Library Services

Each year has brought further advancements in the design, construction, and use of space in the University Library. The Summer of 2015 is no exception.  With the help of consultants from Boston’s  ICON Architecture, Inc., we have embarked on the latest development phase.  During the summer months, Student Accessibility Services will be relocated to a newly-designed site on the first floor where the former Library Instruction Lab (formerly, the 24-hour Study Room) was placed.  Also, thanks to generous donors and a grant from Rhode Island’s Champlin Foundations, we will completely redesign the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.  That outcome will provide an expanded and flexible-use Instant Theater in which small collaborative groups or large-scale presentations can occur throughout the day and evening.  We anticipate that both of these summer projects will be completed in time for the beginning of our Fall 2015 semester.