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All hyped up for new library to open

Emily Birks
Contributing Writer

Rose Chiang showcasing the new window seating in the library.
Rose Chiang showcasing the new window seating in the library.

With the business that inevitably comes with being in college, students are often looking for places around campus to study and do their homework and projects. For the last two and a half years or so, they have been unable to do any of this at the main campus library, but that time will be coming to an end just as this summer ends. As the fall semester of 2013 nears, students and faculty can prepare themselves for the McNairy Library and Learning Forum (formerly known as Ganser Library) to open up once more. Not only will they have a fully renovated new library with thousands of books and other resources, but the building will have other features that can be used and enjoyed.

Finishing touches are still being applied to the library’s 6th floor.
Finishing touches are still being applied to the library’s 6th floor.

Dr. Marilyn Parrish, the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Millersville, is informed about some of the different rooms that will be in McNairy Library. The Alumni Room overlooks the corner of Frederick and George streets. This room will have comfortable seating and a gallery space and will also be available for reservations for events and functions if needed. Another room that sounds like it’s going to be a desired resting place for students is the Garden Room, which will overlook the Reading Sculpture Garden. In this room, there will be comfortable seating with a gas fireplace and two stained glass windows for decoration. This room, like the Alumni Room, can also be reserved. Also located on the first floor is a Digital Learning Studio and Writers Room. There will also be multiple rooms available for group studying on many different floors of the library itself.

Supporting beams hold up the library’s 3rd and 4th floor.
Supporting beams hold up the library’s 3rd and 4th floor.

Another feature or two that will draw many students to McNairy Library are the 24 hours study areas and the expanded Café. After three years of moving to different locations around campus, Starbucks will finally rest in the Café and students can get their caffeine in the midst of studying and the hustle and bustle of their day. The library will be staffed with librarians and staff throughout the building ready to assist and help any students with their needs.

The 5th floor of the library.
The 5th floor of the library.

After the years of renovation and hard work from the university and library staff to bring this beautiful new library about, the results are sure to excite students and fulfill their needs for a college library with resources, events, and rooms to spare. Many students, despite graduating in May, will definitely be coming back to visit the campus and see the finished product when it opens in the fall.