LaGuardia Community College’s library is getting a modern update to provide students and faculty with more room to research and learn.
Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer gathered with students and school administration on Thursday, September 19 to announce he had secured $2 million in funds to renovate and update the first floor of the institute’s library. The funding will improve the space and also bring an open plan to give faculty and students better access.
“LaGuardia Community College has continued to play a tremendous role in the lives of countless New York City residents for over four decades,” said Van Bramer. “By investing in LaGuardia’s infrastructure [it] will provide students and faculty with a state-of-the-art facility that will expand the availability of educational resources offered at the library.”
During the renovations, which are expected to be completed by the fall of 2016, 17,000 square feet of the library’s 31,000-square-foot first floor will be rebuilt and the remaining space will be upgraded.
Students and faculty will be able to walk through a new entrance into an open space where natural light will be allowed to shine into the building.
Among the upgrades and renovations are expanded circulation, reference and periodical areas. There will also be a new 1,600-square-foot information commons to help visitors access information with printed materials and technology. The library will also feature four brand new 800-square-foot open study rooms and a 450-square-foot meeting room. Two new 1,200-square-foot access computer labs will be added to the current 750-square-foot lab.
“The renovation of the first floor will be a great gift for our students, who have always used the library and depend on us for help, resources and study spaces,” said Jane Devine, LaGuardia’s chief librarian.
“This is a wonderful way for us to say to them, ‘thank you for your support.’”
Photo courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer