Board of Trustees Approves Alden Library Renovation

 

Brandon Harris, a sociology student, prepares for an accounting exam on the sixth floor of the Vernon R. Alden Library.
Brandon Harris, a sociology student, prepares for an accounting exam on the sixth floor of the Vernon R. Alden Library. (Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries)

Over the years, students have requested that the Vernon R. Alden Library change. They asked for more quiet areas, more meeting rooms and more 24-hour access to resources and spaces. They asked for the Libraries to meet new academic needs.

The Ohio University Libraries listened, and is thrilled to announce that the OHIO Board of Trustees has approved a 33 million dollar plan for a major renovation of Alden Library.

Alden Library’s role at Ohio University has evolved. In the past five years, it has become a central destination — students no longer just pop in to check out books and copy reference materials. The Library is a kind of campus headquarters. Students can thrive in the collaborative buzz of the Learning Commons, get help from librarians, or retreat to study in the quiet of the stacks. Building entrances have increased by 60 percent, and the average visit length has increased every year — many students report staying twelve hours at a time, using the Library as if it were their office.

The planned renovation of Alden Library is a direct response to these changes in student use patterns. It will transform a building originally intended to store printed books into a vibrant, technology-enriched hub for student-oriented academic advancement. Designed to anticipate 3,500,000 visits each year, the Library will offer a greater variety of flexible workspaces — including additional 24-hour spaces, as well as more deep quiet areas — and a wide range of student support through partnerships with the Academic Advancement Center, the Writing Center, and other campus services. We’re even going to fix the air conditioners.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and be completed by 2019. 

The Libraries has always been on the cutting-edge of information technology. Now, by reinventing Alden Library for a new era of research, the Libraries prepare to launch further into the future.