The Grey Nuns Reading Room is by my far my favourite place to study on campus. No other place is as spacious and quiet. However, I study there several times a week and I find myself trying to find an unreserved group room because the room is way too hot.
Thank you for your message. I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying the study space, but sorry to hear that you’ve been dealing with some uncomfortable temperatures.
Unfortunately the Grey Nuns Reading Room is not air conditioned. Consider using one of the new study spaces in the Webster Library if you find the temperature in Grey Nuns to be too warm. The forecast this weekend and into next week is calling for unseasonably warm temperatures, so the air conditioned spaces in the Webster Library may be a good option until this heat wave passes.
A listing of the Library’s silent study spaces can be found here: https://library.concordia.ca/locations/study-spaces.php?guid=silent
We’ve heard from a few of you regarding the temperature of the library buildings.
It can be challenging to regulate the temperature in large buildings such as the two libraries at Concordia. Especially in the Spring when the temperature varies substantially from one day to the next.
Furthermore, what is comfortable for one person may be too hot for another and too cold for someone else.
Unfortunately, it is also currently very difficult to balance the heating system at Webster Library, while the renovations are taking place.
Dressing in layers is always a good idea, so that you can adjust your own level of warmth according to the temperatures in our buildings.
Please continue to report specific issues with temperature or ventilation in the library buildings to the Library Feedback blog email or to any service point.
The entire 3rd floor of Webster Library (including collections and seating areas) will be closed from Friday, April 21, 10 p.m. until Saturday, April 22, 12:00 p.m. (noon), due to a power interruption as part of the renovations. Library users can continue to take the stairs up the fifth floor.
Access to the third floor will resume Saturday at 12:00 noon.
Group study rooms on the third floor are unavailable from 10pm Friday, April 21st until 12:30pm Saturday, April 22nd.
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.
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.
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 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/
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
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/