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September 10, 2012

Explore a Better Boatwright Library

Extensive library renovations during the summer of 2012 have provided new study and research venues for students, staff and faculty.  From mid-May through late August, University Facilities, RVA Construction Company and library staff collaborated to move library materials, create a new research and collaborative study area on the first floor, expand the silent study area on the second floor, renovate restrooms and build new office space for library staff.  The new space is bright, inviting and conducive to all types of study and research.  Heavy use by students has already been noted by staff.  The renovations also include outpost office space for the Writing Center and the Academic Skills Center in the new first floor collaborative area.  Both centers will offer one-to-one tutoring as well as workshops in the new seminar rooms.  Research Librarians’ offices are in the new collaborative area, making them accessible to users for assistance with research projects. The campus community is invited to attend the “Explore a Better Boatwright” celebration and building tour on Thursday, September 13 at 9:30 a.m.  Stop by and learn more about the library and its new spaces.

-Lucretia McCulley, Director, Outreach Services

Boatwright Tower Entrance Reopens to the Public after 36 years

As part of the summer library renovation project, library staff decided to reopen the Tower Entrance to the public. The Tower Entrance to Boatwright Library was closed in the spring of 1976, with the opening of the new library wing facing the lake in May of 1976.  Renovations were then begun on what is the current Media Resource Center (MRC) and the 3rd floor where the TLC is now located. The only entrance to Boatwright Library became what is now referred to as the Lakeside Entrance.
On August 27, with the opening of the 2012/2013 school year, the Tower Entrance was officially reopened to the campus community and general public.  This entrance is particularly convenient for library users who enter the building from the Richmond College side of campus or who are walking from the Commons to various buildings beyond the library.  This change has become instantly popular with students, faculty, campus staff, and the general public and the passageway provides direct access to the Media Resource Center (MRC), classrooms, and Adams Auditorium.  One can easily walk from the MRC to the rest of the library.  Media materials as well as books may be checked out and returned to the MRC information desk.
-Paul Porterfield, Head, Media Resource Center
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Upcoming Events and Library Workshops

"Explore a Better Boatwright" Celebration
1st Floor Research & Collaborative Study Area
Thursday, September 13, 9:30 a.m.

"Cultural Connections" Discussion:  EXPLORATION
Seminar Room 2, 1st Floor, Boatwright Library
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12 noon

Fall 2012 International Film Series
"Before Your Eyes", Turkey, 2009
Friday, Sept. 14, 3 & 7:30 p.m.

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