The Audio Visual Listening/Viewing Room in the F.W. Olin Library is in the process of being moved from its previous location by the Heller Rare Book room to the back of the first floor near the New Books section.
The move is paving the way for a new lounge in the library. This is the first redesign of the library to create collaborative spaces for students to work on assignments without disrupting other patrons, according to Associate Library Director Janice Braun.
In an email, Braun wrote, “The next phase of the redesign includes the creation of several new spaces for group study and collaboration.” The project is currently in progress and will be done soon.
Over the summer, work stations were moved throughout the library in order to allow room for the A/V annex. The items moved from the old A/V room to the new location include TVs, VCRs, DVD players and other audio listening devices.
Also this summer, the F.W. Olin Library was certified by the Mills College Sustainability Committee as a Green Department at the platinum level.
The library has also introduced “subject guides,” a new way to search the library’s online catalog for subject-based research. Subject guides were constructed with Mills curriculums in mind, and provide information via databases, journals, and books.