Study Carrels at Webster Library

We have heard from many of you about the lack of study carrels in the renovated spaces in Webster Library.

We have good news!

When the 4th floor of Webster Library closed for renovations in December 2016, the last of the old study carrels were removed.

Webster Library is planning on acquiring 88 carrels with 18-inch frosted glass partitions on 3 sides for reading rooms on the second floor and 4th floor of the library (in groups of 22).

They will be placed on the Bishop Street side near the back of the reading rooms. We are hoping to have 44 carrels installed by the end of May 2017 and the rest of the carrels will be in place by the end of Phase 4 (late 2017).

Students can still find carrels in the Vanier Library on the second floor.

For more on study carrels, please see the Webster Library Transformation blog: https://library.concordia.ca/webster-transformation/2017/03/14/study-carrels-a-must-for-concordia-students/

 

Webster Library – Main staircase entrance open

Webster Library’s main staircase has reopened.

With this reopening, entrance to the Webster Library will return to its permanent state. Students will enter the library from the main staircase on the first floor of LB to the second floor of LB, where the permanent entrance is located.

Once inside the Webster Library on the second floor of LB, students can take internal Library stairs or elevators to the third and fifth floors.

This will reduce the crowding of the elevator  and the fire escape stairways will no longer be needed.

Webster Library’s 4th floor and the west side of the third floor are currently closed in order to complete renovations. The Webster Library Transformation will be complete at the end of 2017.

When visitors enter Webster Library from the main staircase, they will be greeted immediately by the new service area for Questions? Ask Us! / Reference desk on the second floor of LB.

The Loans & Returns desk, self-checkout machines and the Course Reserves room are all also located on the second floor of Webster Library.

A brand new service will be launched on February 22: the Technology Sandbox on the second floor of Webster Library. It’s a place for the Concordia community to try out emerging technologies and cutting-edge equipment.   Register today for a workshop.

For more information about the new spaces at Webster Library, please see our website: http://library.concordia.ca/about/news/#guid=http://library.concordia.ca/about/news/#i15_Feb_2017_14:20:43_EDT

Switzerland room – temperature & repairs

You wrote:

Feedback on new second floor,  Room Switzerland is very cold (ventilation loud) + door
on the right makes noise.

Thank you for your comments.

The doors on the Switzerland room were repaired and no longer squeak. The ventilation noise is being verified and should be repaired today.  A piece has been ordered to adjust the temperature in Switzerland the room and we are waiting for it to arrive.  Unfortunately, the room temperature will remain lower until the piece arrives. We are also following up with the contractor.

 

Welcome back!

Welcome to all of our new and returning students, staff and faculty.

The library is offering a series of workshops about library services and resources for all interested students in 2017.  Please see our website for more details and to register: http://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/

There is help available at the Wesbter and Vanier reference desks and on ask-a-librarian live chat: http://library.concordia.ca/help/questions/

Please note, Webster’s LB4 is now closed and is set to reopen in Fall 2017.  The books from LB4 are being sent to offsite storage, from which faculty, staff and students can request their retrieval, starting Jan 12, 2017.  For more details about the LB4 book move and storage, please consult our website: http://library.concordia.ca/help/circulation/lb-4-book-move.php

A reminder that details about all library renovations are available on the Webster Library Transformation blog: http://library.concordia.ca/webster-transformation/ 

We hope you have a great winter semester!

Lack of space at Concordia Library

You wrote:

It took me 3 hours to find a study spot this weekend.  3. Hours. Because any and all students from other universities are allowed here. I have never felt like concordia has failed me to this degree before. I pay my tuition. I want to pass my classes. I pay for the resources to pass these classes. My friend that was searching with me, another paying concordia student, had a severe anxiety attack because of it. We went to BOTH campuses and not one spot to be had. I can’t believe there is such a blatant disregard for Concordia’s own students. I have a final Tomorrow and wasted my day trying to study.

Thank you for your message.  We are sorry that it took you so long to find a place to study this weekend.  This week was record-breaking for us in terms of library attendance.  Unfortunately, over the years, the Library size has not increased proportionately to the increase in student enrollment.  We hope that when the Webster Library Transformation is completed, this will be less of an occurrence.

Regarding your comment about non-Concordia students using the library, in the past, when we checked ID cards at the door, we found that the vast majority of library users were in fact our own students.  Furthermore, when we start checking ids, our sister institutions also start checking for ids, thus, restricting access to their libraries. We also posted a blog about this issue back in October: https://libsuggestions.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/webster-library-as-a-public-space/ 

On this webpage, http://library.concordia.ca/locations/study-spaces.php , there are links to listings of study spaces outside the library.  Also, depending on where you live, you may want to consider visiting a public library.  You can browse for public libraries near your home at this website:  http://cbq.banq.qc.ca/cbq

Once again, we are sorry that you had a frustrating experience finding a place to study this weekend.  We hope your exam went well.

 

Library Laptops

You wrote:

Is it possible to have the laptops cleaned before given out to the next user.

I often receive laptops that are filthy from previous users. I need to bring my own wipes to wipe off the keyboard, etc. It’s quite disgusting

It would be nice if they can be quickly sanitized between users.

Unfortunately, there are far too many loans of laptops (weekly, monthly, yearly) to have a supply of wipes to provide this service.

Library users are free to bring their own wipes if they are concerned and wish to wipe down a laptop or library desktop keyboard before using them.

Nov. 17: Testing of warning siren planned near Loyola Campus & Vanier Library

Nov. 17: Testing of warning siren planned near Loyola Campus
Test is part of an emergency exercise by the City of Montreal

On Thursday, November 17, between 2 and 2:30 p.m., the City of Montreal is holding an emergency exercise of three minutes that involves testing a warning siren.

This will be heard in the west end of Montreal, including the Loyola Campus.

The city regularly works with local companies using hazardous materials to reduce the risks associated with major industrial accidents. The test is being done in cooperation with Parmalat Canada Inc., an industrial company that uses ammonia as a coolant to keep products at the proper temperatures.

The goal is to test the company’s warning equipment and the response by its emergency team. Note: there is no simulation planned for the Loyola Campus. No action is required on your part.

The siren test will send out a rising and falling tone that will last three minutes. Since sound is influenced by weather conditions, there is the possibility that the siren will be barely audible in some locations of the targeted area.