Young Library: Building for Student Success
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2013) — University of Kentucky students this fall will notice some important changes to one of the busiest buildings on campus.
Over the summer, crews completed work on a nearly $350,000 project to transform areas of the second floor of the William T. Young Library into more active learning centers designed to facilitate collaborative learning and group study. The newly renovated reference area on the north wing and the learning space on the south wing now feature group study rooms with technology allowing students to share images from their laptops, furniture that is more conducive for study, and a large area designed for library instruction.
"We constantly seek to configure library spaces to maximize student success," UK Libraries Associate Dean Stacey Greenwell said. "Our research shows that in addition to classroom space and living space, students need a 'third space' to study, learn, research and collaborate with their peers. Sometimes that space needs to be traditional quiet study and reading rooms. But there is an increasing demand for 'active' learning spaces where students can meet and study in groups."
Students, faculty and staff were involved in planning the project, and funding was made possible by annual gifts from friends of UK Libraries and UK alumni.
"Private gifts are essential to the success of UK students, and the William T. Young Library, built entirely with private funds, is one of the most visible and important examples of how philanthropy makes a difference at a university," Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell said. "The faculty and staff of UK Libraries are immensely grateful for the private support that made this project a reality."
UK President Eli Capilouto, Provost Christine Riordan and Student Government President Roshan Palli joined UK Libraries in celebrating the opening of the new learning spaces in a dedication ceremony held Sept. 6, in the atrium of Young Library.
Young Library houses UK's general undergraduate collection, as well as social science, humanities, business, biology and agricultural materials. As the central library in the university library system, it also is home to the Dean's Office and a number of centralized services.
A transcript of this video can be found here. Video by Amy Jones/UK Public Relations & Marketing.
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