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New Library Seating and Cafe Reopening are in Progress

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July 20, 2022

In the summer the Gordon Library is a quiet spot, but while students are (mostly) away, it's been full of activity to create new study areas and reopen the cafe this fall. Last month we shared news of books on the move - the first step in this summer's building transformations. Here is our next update!

The transformation of the third floor will bring natural light and new and improved seating.  Old shelving has been removed and new carpeting will follow, before new furnishings, and eventually new shelving will be installed. The 'dogbone' workstations are gone too, to be replaced by modern tables for individual study with access to power for laptop users.

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Future books on third floor

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Third floor space after removing shelving alt
Space and light for new seating

Meanwhile work is also underway to reopen the Class of 1970 Cafe this fall with a 'micro-market' self-service system that will make food and drink available all hours the library is open. The Cafe kitchen will remain and will support pop-up food services in the future.  To accommodate more cafe users, six new booths will be installed to create an expanded cafe eating area where library visitors can grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, meet up with friends, or take a break.

In addition we're improving the aesthetics of our two "phone booth" individual study rooms, and creating a new interview room off the first floor Multimedia Lab, suitable for practicing or conducting interviews with collaborators, sponsors, and others.

We are excited to share all of this and more with new and returning students in the coming months!