Master Plan + Library Renovations Phase I
The University library, Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC), had long remained a warehouse for books with many quiet spaces for solitary study. At the same time, growth within the Engineering Department at Mount Union required additional space to house the soon to be displaced Mathematics Department. As a result, the University of Mount Union sought to consolidate their book collection to free up space for expanded group study areas and begin to infuse additional academic and faculty space. The new designs improve the overall University performance by tapping into the currently under-utilized space in the KHIC library.
It’s the only place I’ve been to study and don’t plan on going anywhere else if I don’t have to, because it’s everything you need in a quiet study spot.
Psychology Major, University of Mount Union
After initial renovations to the Learning Center, creating a new café and learning commons, the University sought to develop a master plan for the connecting KHIC library. From meetings with a core group of stakeholders and student focus groups, a clear set of goals for the library was established, bringing a focus to the design and planning process:
In 2017, a master plan study was conducted to determine the space needs, best reorganization of the spaces and a phased construction schedule that would allow for continued use while developing the new spaces. The book collection was analyzed and reduced in two ways, freeing up space. First, the collection was decreased by approximately 30%. Secondly, the collection was consolidated into compact shelving on the Third Floor, a space where the structure was previously designed to hold the added weight. The reorganization of the new spaces included:
Once the books were consolidated, the master plan allowed for an infusion of the Mathematics, Communication, and Foreign Language academic spaces; and an infill of the learning commons and study spaces. The installation of compact shelving allowed the University to maximize the re-allocating of space and continue to meet the needs of students by offering:
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