Hunter College Libraries – Main Campus Library 3rd Floor Renovation
Sarah Laleman Ward, Outreach Librarian
The Main Library, consisting of nine floors in the East Building of the Hunter College campus at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, is undergoing a “phased capital renovation” over the next several years. As of September 2013, phase one is complete with the opening of the new 3rd Floor.
Upon entering the library, students are greeted at a Welcome Desk that includes touch-screen wayfinding stations. Additional wayfinding is aided by directional lines on the floor, echoing the design of New York City’s subway maps, which lead visitors to various areas of the 3rd floor: blue lines take you to entrances, exits, elevators and stairs; red lines take you to service desks; yellow leads you to places to work and study; orange leads to places to help yourself like self-checkout, a supplies vending machine and water bottle refill stations.
In order to foster work among groups of students, many of the surfaces on the 3rd Floor are made of whiteboard material, allowing for spontaneous collaboration. Whiteboard markers are available for check-out at the Welcome Desk, and available for purchase in the supplies vending machine.
The 3rd Floor has been jam-packed with students since opening earlier this semester. There is frequently a line for computers in the Information Commons. But when we tell students waiting in line that we have computers elsewhere in the library the response is often “Thanks but I’ll wait. It’s nicer here.”