Study Zone at HSL Opens Monday October 9

    

After years of vision, planning, and design and four months of on-site construction from June to September 2017, the Study Zone at Health Sciences Library is opening on Monday October 9. Badge-secured doors activate at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning and students and other Anschutz ID holders can enter the area.

This new quiet study area use to be a journal stacks space with nearly 40,000 journal volumes–most moved to the PASCAL remote storage safely on campus. Anschutz students getting into midterms will find the space inviting and perfect for focused study and work. A kitchen, a nap pod room, and various lounge seating and large bay windows inform the space and provide diversity of feel and places to study and relax. The colors are amazing across the walls, the dynamic carpet, furniture and ceilings.

The Study Zone is part of the library’s second floor quiet area and whisper quiet is the expectation in this study space. Users must have an Anschutz campus ID badge to enter and use the Study Zone at HSL.

     

A few loose ends in the project remain and some additional installs will occur and create some mild disruption before the year is over. The library is waiting for completion on the following items to name a few:

  • frosting of privacy film on the nap pod room (2406-K provides two nap pods)
  • aspen leaves prints are to be added to the glass doors and windows through the space
  • a few spots in the open study areas still need electrical outlets which are coming soon
  • a fabulous entrance sign, 3-dimensional wood panel with large aluminium pin lettering naming the space is a fancy last touch to be installed hopefully before the end of October

Future Study Zone Sign Outside Entrance — to be installed soon

Anschutz students, staff and faculty are welcome to badge in and use the new Study Zone starting Monday October 9.

Before Construction — stacks and 40K+ journal volumes. Jan 2017

 

After Construction — lights, 10 study pods, 24 study rooms, seating for 100+

 

Study Zone Perspective: Library Director

Health Sciences Library Director Perspective: the Study Zone at HSL

“The evolution of the Study Zone” by Melissa D. De Santis, Director of Health Sciences Library.

Sometimes projects don’t turn out the way they were envisioned.  The Health Sciences Library continually listens to users with the aim of providing services and resources that fulfill user needs.  In the summer of 2014, the Health Sciences Library was presented with a possible opportunity to remodel the library building.  Although it might seem odd to remodel a building that was only seven years old, the reality is that based on information the library had gathered from users, we believed that enhancements to the building would be very beneficial.  That summer and fall, the library worked with the Office of Institutional Planning, along with many library stakeholders, to create possible options for renovation.  Unfortunately, the funds did not materialize, and no renovations were made.

Fast forward to 2016 and those renovation options were still whirling around the thoughts of library staff.  After much discussion, the library’s leadership team decided to move forward and do a portion of the renovations discussed in 2014.  The project would be funded by reserve funds the library had earmarked for library renovation.  These funds only allowed 5,000 sq. feet to be remodeled, but the leadership team believed the user impact would be significant.

   

   

Library staff worked with Bennet Wagner Brody Architects to refine and clarify the vision for the space.  Based on previous user input, the space will be extremely student focused.  Over 90% of the users in the building are CU Anschutz students, and the space should address many of their needs including individual study spaces, kitchen amenities, napping options and natural lighting.  Library staff have been watching the construction progress and are looking forward to completion.  The space won’t be exactly like what was drafted in 2014, however we believe it will be even better.

  

Keep up with the renovation progress on the Study Zone blog!

The library is hosting a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the Study Zone.

  • Study Zone Ribbon Cutting Event
  • When:  Thursday, Oct 19, Noon-1 pm
  • Where:  2nd floor of HSL just outside the Study Zone entrance, north end of building
  • All Anschutz folks are welcome, especially students. We will have cupcakes
  • There will be self-guided tours of space highlighting features of the space

 

Study Zone Perspectives. The Architect: Bennett Wagner Grody (BWG)

Architect designer perspective: the Study Zone at HSL

Health Sciences Library 2nd floor north, journal stacks to study area at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

 

Before (May 2017)

 

After (June 2017) demolition and deconstruction to pave the way…


Background:

The original design of the Health Sciences Library included a traditional mix of open floor area dedicated to stacks, casual seating areas, and enclosed group study rooms.  Over time, two phenomena were observed by the library administrators.  They noticed students’ increasing preference to study alone versus in groups.  These students would routinely “camp out” alone in group study rooms, nobly absorbed in their studies.  The inefficient use of private study space became a growing concern to staff and students alike.  Another change since the library’s opening has been the impact of technology, namely electronic storage of information replacing the need for physical volumes.  This has reduced, but not eliminated, the amount of stacks required in this area of the library.  The primary goal of the project is to address current needs for study spaces as made possible by recapturing floor area no longer required by the stacks.

HSL Study Zone. Opens Oct 2017.

Concept & Organization:

The all glass entrance to the suite will be located adjacent to the elevator lobby on the north side.  The suite lobby will be open and inviting.  A wood ceiling grille is proposed to mark the entrance.  The second exit from this suite will be needed at the south side by the Kitchenette area.  This area has three (3) existing bay windows with full-height glass.  The proposed lay-out is to keep the area directly in front of the bay windows open for loose seating to allow natural light into the interior spaces. The new renovated area will provide up to an additional 112 seats for study. Considering each student has different preferences of how they like to study, several 2-person and individual enclosed study rooms plus different types of loose furniture and furniture type study pods are proposed.

Features:

We have evaluated student study preferences and the physical characteristics of the renovation area and propose the following features of the project:

  • Provide several enclosed individual and 2-person study rooms. These rooms will have power but no built-in technology such as a flat screen monitor or video conferencing.  Furnishings will be limited to a single large table and one or two chairs.  The 2-person study rooms will be enclosed by full height walls, accessed through a glass sliding door.  Individual study rooms will be enclosed by full height walls with a pivot glass door. The enclosed study rooms will be located away from the outside walls and constructed with clerestory glass on 2 sides to extend natural light to all rooms.
  • Provide furniture type study pods for individual and group use. Some of the furniture type study pods will have a full-height (70”) partition for privacy and some with a mid-height (54”) partition.
  • This new study suite is in a secured area accessed by card reader.
  • Lounge seating with high backs will be provided to offer more sense of privacy. All lounge seating will be accompanied with a side table.
  • The existing 4-person group room at the southwest corner of this suite will house 2 energy pod units. This location will allow this room to be able to control light and sound independently.  The existing full-height glass wall will remain with added privacy frosted film and a security monitoring system will be installed for the safety of the students.

    

This new study suite should set a standard for future renovations.  The material and colors need to be enticing, fun, and conducive for young generations.  While the goal is to set this area apart from the rest of the library, some reference or tie back into the existing space is incorporated.

Voraporn “Mai” Sundarapura
Matthew C. Bartels  AIA

BENNETT WAGNER GRODY ARCHITECTS
http://www.bwgarchitects.com/ 

Study Zone Almost Complete: Major Construction Over, Furniture Arrives

Study Zone Nears Completion — Opening Soon. Stay Tuned.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Oct 19 at 12 noon–there will be cupcakes!

The library’s second floor renovation project crossed another milestone with all major construction in the space completed last week.

This week beginning September 18, all furniture for the new area was successfully delivered and is being installed. Energy nap pods have been hooked up–students will be excited having asked for sleeping pods for years. Study Zone will offer two nap pods.

 

Energy Nap Pod

 

Fancy and more informal ‘duo-pods’ are setup and these pieces will dazzle users with their sleek look and comfort. Tables and chairs are moving into rooms, glass boards are being installed, and ten ‘hexpod’ study cubicles (room-like but no door) are being assembled and laid out on the floor outside some of the study rooms. Large lounge sofas for the bay windows are the last big pieces to be put together.

The project is in its last phase, and soon items like lights, HVAC and plumbing to the kitchen will be inspected and set.

Today on Sept. 20, the main entrance doors were installed and badge security turned on. The Study Zone will be accessible to Anschutz student/staff/faculty and others who have their Anschutz campus badge ID. The library hopes to open Study Zone in early October but no firm date is set yet. A party and ribbon cutting ceremony are being planned for October 19 to formally unveil the Study Zone but the space should be open earlier we hope.

The construction barrier will come down soon and eyes will be able to peak through some of the windows to see the brilliant new space which blends well with the overall existing library but offers an appealing and unique ambiance all to itself. The study area will offer twenty-four study rooms, a variety of restaurant-style booths, height-adjustable tables, comfy lounge furniture around the perimeter, some counter study areas with high and low chairs, and ten study cubicles to name some of the features. The area is about 5000 square feet and will offer seating for about 115 users.

Mark your calendars and plan on coming to the ribbon cutting event for the Study Zone:

  • When:  Thursday, Oct 19, Noon-1 pm
  • Where:  2nd floor of HSL just outside the Study Zone entrance, north end of building
  • All Anschutz folks are welcome, especially students. We will have cupcakes
  • There will be self-guided tours of space highlighting features of the space

Stayed tuned to the library’s website and the HSL Facebook page for ongoing photos and more information.

          

      

 

Lounging is the New Cool: 24/7 Badge-Access Lounge at HSL Opens.

A new space is open at the library and all eyes are watching to see how campus students will make use of it. Come visit and Tell Us what you think @ https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/tell-us. Located just outside the front doors of HSL.

The Lounge at HSL is not quite your average café or a quiet study area but something new, different, and in between from Health Sciences Library. The space had sat dormant for years, and the time came to step up and change the situation for the better.

More of a relaxing place to take a break than a library area, the Lounge is a great nook to get a snack, or get your laptop, or talk on your phone. You can study in style with lots of natural light and great views of the trees outside. There will be more noise and some laughter as people pass through and chew on their snacks, but the bright environment will not fail to put you in a better mood.

The Lounge at HSL officially opened on Tuesday Sept 5. It is located just outside the front entrance of the library. Two doors on each end are badge controlled, and the lounge is intended for Anschutz campus ID-carrying users.

The Lounge at HSL is accessible 24/7, day and night. A large fridge is provided for students to store their lunches and other foods–the area is more secure due to the badge controlled entrances and the typical honor code prevails not to touch other peoples lunches stored in the refrigerator. Students already heavily use the three public fridges on each floor inside the library so this expands options. The Lounge provides two roomy microwaves, an upscale Keurig coffee machine, and a variety of vending machines which vend coffee pods. The Keurig will make hot water for tea if coffee is not your bag, and the fabulous slate stainless steel fridge dispenses cool water and ice if you prefer cold over hot on those Colorado sunny days.

If trash cans being full are any evidence of use so far, students are cooking their meals and using vending quite a bit in the Lounge already. One of the vending machines is unique and different from vending inside the library and it offers larger snacks and meals to heat up.

The Lounge is for use by students, staff and faculty and others on the Anschutz campus who have and carry their AMC ID badge. The library does not issue ID badges — possession of an Anschutz ID badge depends on your role/identity with the Schools/Colleges/departments on campus. Signage in the space spells out contact information and appropriate conduct.

Ideas, questions or concerns can be reported to the library service desk or by contacting the Head of Access Services at the library — contact information below.

Wireless connectivity in the Lounge is sound, and more electrical outlets were installed to offer USB charging outlets for all your devices. The Lounge at HSL is not a quiet environment nor intended to be so. It can be a fun gathering place and cool spot to work on your laptop, collaborate and chat, and even study if you don’t mind the buzz of other people coming and going and snacking and cooking.

Stop by, card in, relax and have a snack. Bring a friend to chat with and chill out. Lounging is the new cool at Health Sciences Library. Come give it a try and enjoy!

Questions about the Lounge: please contact Douglas Stehle, Health Sciences Library, douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu or 303.724.2139.

Comments can also be reported to the library’s service desk inside during library’s operational public hours.

Study Zone Milestone: Rooms and Ceilings Framed. Painting Begins

A major milestone comes to pass in the library remodeling project on second floor. Last week all framing of rooms and arched ceiling features were completed, and the first week of August brought sanding and final prep to the walls. Painters begin this week with primer coat and then the first coats of vibrant colors will emerge. As painting proceeds, work will begin to install glass panels and frame ceiling structures for future lights and ventilation systems for the area. Final furniture specs are being doubled checked along with decisions for signature prints on glass panels. A beautiful wall-mounted entrance sign for the Study Zone has been designed and will bring a high-class touch to the area as users enter.

The HSL Study Zone will be approximately five-thousand square feet, a project of ‘stacks to study’ and it will add over one hundred seats for studying. Energy pods for power naps are part of the future furniture package–two nap pods will be part of the Study Zone experiment. The area will be accessible by Anschutz campus ID badge, offer a kitchenette for students needing a snack with their breaks. Wonderful bay windows bring in natural light and will give relaxing views. Twenty-four new study rooms are the design gem of the new space along with ten individual study pods and comfortable soft seating all around the area. The natural light and brilliant colors of the carpet and walls will offer an energetic feel for long study periods. Height-adjustable tables and clubhouse-like booths give a non-traditional spin to this future hub of quiet focus and student learning.

Stop by the library’s lobby to see information boards and leave your comments. A celebration and ribbon cutting event are being planned for October 19. The project remains on schedule and the construction noise will come to an end soon in late September if all goes well. Stay tuned to Facebook for posts and pictures, and if you have any questions about the future space please let us know.

https://hslnews.wordpress.com/study_zone/

BEFORE

AFTER & CURRENT as of August 7, 2017

Milestone Mondays: Study Zone Demo Completed

Monday June 19. 2017. Library Study Zone remodeling proceeds smoothly and spacious future floor plan begins to take shape.

View from the north end looking south, 2nd floor area construction demolition completed

The week ending June 16 brought to close a major milestone in construction and remodeling up on the second floor of the Health Sciences Library. Contractors completed the demolition of nearly five thousand square feet on the far north end of HSL’s second floor. The construction team successfully removed all journal stacks, original ceiling, light fixtures, counters, carpet tiles and much more. With the area torn down and apart, the process continues to start building!

Students using the library this summer can be seen more and more wearing noise cancelling headphones during this disruptive but exciting period. The completion of demolition marks a milestone on the road to future success. Anschutz students looking for more study rooms in the library and a study area offering sharp focus for intense and long-term work periods will not be disappointed later this year in October. The completed space will have great natural lighting and vibrant colors to keep you awake. The Study Zone will have a kitchenette area, two energy nap pods, seating for over a 100 users (prior seating in area was 25), and creative & diverse furniture options for different quiet-study modes. Stay tuned for more news as things develop.

Before (May 2017) Journal stacks in the area prior. All moved to PASCAL on campus.

 

After (June 2017) Demolition and deconstruction finished.

 

The library will add updates to this news blog, post weekly on Facebook about progress, and we continue to host a board display in the first floor lobby of the library to keep the community informed with a visual timeline and other drawings from the project.

Going forward after demolition, framing of rooms and new walls begins — studs arrive. If you like photos of the action, follow us on Facebook for weekly posts and pics. See the FB photo archive labeled ‘2nd Floor Study Zone & Renovation 2017 HSL’.

The future Study Zone at HSL is not quite “club med” but the amenities and design will support success by providing an inviting place with a rejuvenating ambiance to get your study on and focus in relative quiet.

A main Study Zone blog page is also up at https://hslnews.wordpress.com/study_zone/.

Architectural vision & drawing of future space


Questions, please reach out to Douglas Stehle at Health Sciences Library. 303-724-2139 | douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu

24/7 Library Hours Rock: A Refresher & Rules for the Road

The following info and bullets lay out the FYI ‘need to knows’ and other guidelines for use of the Health Sciences Library facility during hours when services are closed and library staff unavailable. Designated University students and employees with proper and active ID badge have the ability to stay in the library after it closes to the public. Questions about this service and its use by the University community can be directed to Douglas Stehle, Head of Access Services, 303-724-2139 or douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu.

Full guidelines and a handout covering details, tips and safety information is available at the library service desk and online.

  • Security enhancements to the library facility and new public closing policies are in place.
  • HSL will be closing up services and locking its doors two hours earlier on Sunday – Thursday evenings at 10:00 pm. Friday and Saturday closing times remain the same at 6:00 pm.
  • Students/faculty/staff officially affiliated with the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) may leave and re-enter using the badge reader of the facility as well as stay in the facility after public closing times upon presentation of their current AMC ID badge.
  • CU Denver downtown students with their University ID badge may stay in the bldg. after closing times
    • Please Note: when CU Denver downtown students exit after closing time you cannot badge back in until the library opens again.
  • Friends, family and guests who are not University members and are without proper Univ ID badge are not allowed in the library after-hours with students or employees.
  • Students and other University users agree to abide by the library’s Conduct policy at all hours and to act in appropriate manners which promote an atmosphere conducive to study and research.
  • Public and non-affiliated users and those lacking proper ID badge are expected to exit the library at the posted closing times.
  • Library materials may not be checked out/removed when the service desk is closed.

Library Public Access Hours. Oct 13, 2014 – June 2015.
During these posted hours library staff are on duty and our service desk (303-724-2152) is open:

Sun 10:00 am –  10:00 pm
Mon-Thurs  7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri  7:00 am –   6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • CU AMC students/employees have badge-ID access to the library 24/7
  • Have visible & be able to present University badge ID to stay after closing times
  • Library staff will check for and ask to see University badge IDs as will campus security
  • Any person lacking the proper University campus badge ID will be directed to exit the facility immediately after closing times. Library staff will come around and do this after our service desk closes.
  • University users in the library who suspect unauthorized people are in the facility after closing should contact campus Police at 303-724-4444.
  • If you feel you are entitled to remain in HSL after public closing but are unable, not permitted, do not have the designated University identity, or have been told you cannot but feel wrongly so, etc. please contact the Head of Access, Douglas Stehle, 303-724-2139 or douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu.
  • Emergency buttons have been installed throughout the building on all floors. They are the yellow devices on the wall labelled “In case of emergency, lift cover, push button.” A blue police emergency tent is on the wall above each yellow panic alarm. Campus police will respond when the red button is pressed.

Blue Emergency Signage     Yellow Emergency Alarm

  • Users are discouraged from leaving library materials you have checked out on the service desk after closing when library staff are gone. The library cannot guarantee that your returned items will be secure/safe sitting on the service desk. Library users should return laptops and other special/sensitive materials they have checked out in their names during regular open service hours and when staff are on service desk.
  • There is an outside book drop near the front entrance and an interior book drop on the far end of the service desk for the return of books and journals.

Contact our service desk during staffed hours and by phone at 303-724-2152 for any questions. Or report problems and issues to douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu. Thank You.

24/7 Library Hours Rock: A Refresher & Rules for the Road

The following info and bullets lay out the FYI ‘need to knows’ and other guidelines for use of the Health Sciences Library facility during hours when services are closed and library staff unavailable. Designated University students and employees with appropriate and active ID badge have the ability to stay in the library after it closes to the general public and such users also have ability to card-in with their Univ ID badge during after-hours and before the library reopens public services. Questions about this service and its use by the University community can be directed to Douglas Stehle, Head of Access Services, 303-724-2139 or douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu.

Full guidelines and a handout covering details, tips and safety information is available at the library service desk and online.

  • Security enhancements to the library facility and new public closing policies are in place.
  • HSL will be closing up services and locking its doors two hours earlier on Sunday – Thursday evenings at 10:00 pm. Friday and Saturday closing times remain the same at 6:00 pm.
  • Students/faculty/staff officially affiliated with the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) may leave and reenter using the badge reader at the entrance of the facility as well as remain in the facility after public closing times upon presentation of their current AMC ID badge.
  • CU Denver downtown students with their University ID badge may remain in the bldg. after closing times. NOTE: When CU Denver downtown students exit after closing time you cannot badge back in until the library opens again.
  • Friends, family and guests are not allowed in the library after-hours with students or employees.
  • Students and other University users agree to abide by the library’s Conduct policy [http://hsl.ucdenver.edu/policies/conduct] at all hours and to act in proper manners which promote an atmosphere conducive to study and research.
  • Public and non-affiliated users and those lacking proper ID badge are expected to exit the library at the posted closing times.
  • Library materials may not be checked out/removed when the service desk is closed.

Library Public Access Hours. Oct 13, 2014 – June 2015.
During these posted hours library staff are on duty and our service desk (303-724-2152) is open:

Sun 10:00 am –  10:00 pm
Mon-Thurs  7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri  7:00 am –   6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • CU AMC students/employees have badge-ID access to the library 24/7
  • Have visible & be able to present University badge ID to remain past closing time
  • Library staff will check for and ask to see University badge IDs as will campus security
  • Any person lacking the proper University campus badge ID will be directed to exit the facility immediately after closing times. Library staff will come around and do this after our service desk closes.
  • University users in the library who suspect unauthorized individuals are in the facility after closing should contact campus Police at 303-724-4444.
  • If you feel you are entitled to remain in HSL after public closing but are unable, not permitted, do not have the designated University identity, or have been told you cannot but feel wrongly so, etc. please contact the Head of Access, Douglas Stehle, 303-724-2139 or douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu.
  • Emergency buttons have been installed throughout the building on all floors. They are the yellow devices on the wall labelled “In case of emergency, lift cover, push button.” A blue police emergency tent is on the wall above each yellow panic alarm. Campus police will respond when the red button is pressed.

Blue Emergency Signage     Yellow Emergency Alarm

  • Users are discouraged from leaving library materials you have checked out on the service desk after closing when library staff are gone. The library cannot guarantee that your returned items will be secure/safe sitting on the service desk. Library users should return laptops and other special/sensitive materials they have checked out in their names during regular open service hours and when staff are on service desk.
  • There is an outside book drop near the front entrance and an interior book drop on the far end of the service desk for the return of books and journals.

Contact our service desk during staffed hours and by phone at 303-724-2152 for any questions. Or report problems and issues to douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu.

Thank You.

24/7 HOURS & BADGE-ID ACCESS BEGINS OCT 13

Students on the AMC have desired 24/7 late night access for many years and now HSL delivers!

Guidelines and a handout covering details, tips and safety information is available at the library service desk and online.

Beginning Oct 13, 2014 Health Sciences Library increases access for the CU AMC University community by offering badge-ID access 24/7 after library closing times. Security enhancements to the library facility were made over the summer, and library staff have ready new closing procedures to help with the transition. The library will be closing up services and locking its doors two hours earlier on Sunday – Thursday evenings at 10pm. Friday and Saturday closing times remain the same at 6pm.

Health Sciences Library Public Access Hours, Oct 13, 2014 – June 2015.
During these posted hours library staff are on duty and our service desk is open:

Sun 10:00 am –  10:00 pm
Mon-Thurs  7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri  7:00 am –   6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • CU AMC students/employees have badge-ID access to the library 24/7
  • Have visible & be able to present University badge ID to remain past closing time
  • Library staff will check for and ask to see University badge IDs

Any person lacking the proper University campus badge ID will be directed to exit the facility immediately after closing times. Library staff will come around and do this after our service desk closes. Public and non-affiliated users are expected to exit the library at the posted closing times.

University students/staff/faculty with their AMC campus ID badge will be allowed to stay in the facility after closing time. Campus badge ID must be in your possession; no exceptions will be made. Library staff and/or University Police may ask to see badge ID any time after the library closes.

University users in the library who suspect unauthorized individuals are in the facility after closing should contact campus Police at 303-724-4444.

Emergency buttons have been installed throughout the building on all floors. They are the yellow devices on the wall labelled “In case of emergency, lift cover, push button.” A blue police emergency tent is on the wall above each yellow panic alarm. Campus police will respond when the red button is pressed.

Blue Emergency Signage     Yellow Emergency Alarm

Library materials may not be checked out/removed when the service desk is closed.Users are discouraged from leaving library materials you have checked out on the service desk after closing when library staff are gone. The library cannot guarantee that your returned items will be secure/safe sitting on the service desk. Library users should return laptops and other special/sensitive materials they have checked out in their names during regular open service hours and when staff are on service desk. There is an outside book drop near the front entrance and an interior book drop on the far end of the service desk for the return of books and journals.

Students and other University users agree to abide by the library’s Conduct policy [http://hsl.ucdenver.edu/policies/conduct] at all hours and to act in proper manners which promote an atmosphere conducive to study and research.

Contact our service desk during staffed hours and by phone at 303-724-2152 for any questions. You may also contact Douglas Stehle, Head of Access Services (303-724-2152 | douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu) for further information.


Walk Stations & Wellness at the Library

Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the arrival of two walking treadmills to provide healthy studying and lifestyle options for library users.

Our new walk stations:

  • Operate at low speeds so you can read, watch video, use your laptop, etc.
  • Come with a height-adjustable table over the treadmill for your laptop, a book, etc.
  • Are a great way to stretch your legs and take a break from extended studying and sitting.

The two walk stations will be located on the first floor of the library in our vending area. Ask for directions at our service desk anytime.

walk station event final

During the event the walk stations will be setup in the first floor lobby. Library staff and Wellness Center specialists will be available to answer questions and show you the basics. Hop on and take some steps. A limited supply of bottles of water and light snacks will be available. Can you setup your Google account on the library’s Chromebook easily on a walk station? Come try one and see!

Textbooks for students @ HSL

HSL celebrates students who use textbooks @ their library on a YouTube spot.

ASAC Textbooks are available for checkout from the customer service desk on the 1st floor of the library

Ask about textbooks at the library’s service desk, 1st floor information commons. List of textbooks. More about the ASAC collection project.

Are you a UCD AMC student ? – Suggest a Title and help us evolve a student centered collection at the library

MacBook Pro arrives at the service desk for check out…

MacBook Pro at library

MacBook Pro for checkout at the service desk of the library

For the first few weeks of 2012 the new MacBook Pro at the library will circulate for 4 hours, allowing throngs of mac-happy singletons to give it a whirl and share nice. Further down the road, say voices from inside the many study rooms in the info commons, HSL plans to circulate it for a slightly longer period and experiment. Along with the Macbook, a couple of Apple i-pads make up the emerging inventory of cool and nifty devices students and campus users can try out. Two dell laptops may also exist; “it’s being looked into” library insiders report; and various regulars at the library whisper that the dells are slightly outdated. Students who tend to like the quiet of the second floor and its east windows only mutter that the Dell laptops are good enough for a couple of hours of quiet work in the library with a cup of coffee courtesy of the Wolfgang Puck coffee machine on the first floor.

For details, stop at the desk and ask us anytime about any of this.  And tell us what’s on your mind as a user of the library on the AMC.

Wolfgang lands at the library? Coffee comes to HSL

Library users can now enjoy a late night cup of coffee from the Wolfgang Puck  machine located on the first floor, southeast alcove just down the hall from the Writing Center and near the first floor restrooms.

Students have desired access to coffee during all library hours according to numerous surveys conducted by the health sciences library over the past two years.

Enjoy a quick cup the next time you are in the information commons of HSL.