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

Pardon our dust (& noise)- we’re building a better library for you!

noise-2nd-floor

Beginning Feb. 14th through the end of May, there will be periodic increased noise levels on the 2nd floor while we move items from our north end journal stacks to make room for an improved, larger study area. Construction of the new space will begin in early June.

Alternate study areas are available on the 1st & 3rd floors. Should you need them, feel free to ask for earplugs at the Service Desk.

Thanks for your patience while this exciting new project begins!