A library logistics team with representatives from library services, collection services, user services, and technology and information services have proposed several strategies for delivering library services and providing study spaces during the construction period. That work is being discussed this fall in a series of open meetings designed to obtain feedback and suggestions from students, faculty and staff.
Three modular buildings will be constructed from March to May 2018 between Ransom Hall and the main walkway that connects Rosse Hall to Peirce Hall. These modular buildings will total about 17,000 square feet and host the library’s core services, such as circulation, reference, Helpline, public printers, periodicals, a computer lab and some study spaces. The Bloomberg Terminal and other electronic research tools will be available in these units.
A 3,000 square foot modular building located between Watson and Norton halls will provide various kinds of seating for about 120 students.
This beautiful but infrequently used lecture hall will be converted into a quiet reading room for up to 65 students and remain open until 2 a.m.
Currently a study room similar in shape to Philomathesian, Nu Pi Kappa will receive new study furniture from the library to create another quiet study space.
After the northern two-thirds of Farr Hall is demolished in spring of 2018, three mixed-use retail buildings will go up along Gaskin Avenue. One of those spaces will be the new home of the Gambier Deli, and the other two will provide about 3,000 square feet of student study space beginning in October 2018.
Better lighting and a more effective furniture layout will improve the current lab space. Options include adding more computers, removing the computing in favor of study tables and chairs, or continuing with a mix of computer stations and study tables and chairs.
Currently a multi-purpose space with both leisure activities and study furniture, the game room will be reconfigured with significantly more study furniture.
This is currently a study space for residents of the building. The access doors could be revised to allow other students to use the study space.
The frame house on Chase Avenue that was Snowden House received significant renewal work in the summer of 2017. Its first floor can now function as study space or program space for student clubs and organizations.
Kenyon's physical collection of library books will be relocated in a storage building being constructed on the east edge of the athletic facilities on the south side of the Kokosing Gap Trail. The physical collection will be unavailable during the move, which will take place between June and August. Access to electronic resources will be unaffected. Following the move, students will go to the modular units on Ransom lawn to request books that will then be delivered to the Ransom lawn location. Faculty and staff will be able to submit book requests via the website and pick up the materials after they are delivered to the modular units.
Other offices and services currently housed in the library will be relocated during the two-year construction of Kenyon Commons. Proposed locations include: