Ohio University Libraries’ Renovations

Ohio University Libraries recently removed the fourth floor security gates and replaced them with a digital camera and counter system. (Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries)
Alden Library’s fourth floor security gates were recently removed and replaced with a digital camera and counter system. (Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries)

Alden Library’s role at Ohio University has evolved over the years, and the building’s planned major renovation is a direct response to those changing student use patterns.

The renovation will transform a building originally intended to store printed books into a vibrant, technology-enriched hub for student-oriented academic advancement. Designed to accommodate an anticipated 3,500,000 visits each year, Alden 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.

Some aspects of the renovation have already begun. The security gates in Alden’s fourth floor entrance, for instance, have given way to newer technology.

“The older security system had not functioned well for several years,” said Scott Seaman, dean of University Libraries. “Parts were no longer available for repair, and it was becoming an electrical hazard.”

Today, Alden Library’s fourth floor is secured by a digital camera and counter system.

By reinventing Alden Library for a new era of research, the Libraries prepares to launch further into the future. Stay tuned for more exciting changes to come.