Category Archives: entrances

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

Accessing the Webster Library

We’ve had several inquires about the current elevator situation in LB, to get access to the Webster Library.

Due to the current renovations in the Webster Library, elevator #1, near the former bookstore on the 1st floor of LB is the only elevator that can go to the 3rd floor. As a result, only this one elevator can be used to bring people to the Webster  Library.

One elevator cannot handle the volume of people that use the Library on a daily basis and we ask that library users who are able, to please the temporary external stairs, accessible from MacKay street  instead. 

The elevator system was not designed to be used the way we are currently using it and we are limited to the current set up.

In January 2017, elevator #4 will operate from floors 00-2 in LB and the regular stairs will be opened once again from LB 1 to the Webster Library entrance on LB2. 

Thank you.

Starting a new academic year at Concordia!

Welcome from Concordia University Library to all of our new and returning students!

We welcome your comments, suggestions, reports of problems, and questions about our services or facilities, just click on the Feedback button on any of the Library webpages.

We have a lot of great workshops and services for you at the Library.

Undergrad? Check out the Fall 2016 General Library Workshops – they are open to everyone, no registration required.

Graduate student?  Check out the GradProSkills Fall 2016 Library Workshops – registration is required.

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Temporary Entrances for Webster Library:

As part of Phase 3 of the Webster Library Transformation project, LB-2 is closed for renovations. The main staircase entrance to the Webster Library is closed until February 2017 as it is part of this phase of construction.

Visitors may enter the library via the temporary entrance on MacKay St. which provides stairs from street level to LB-3 or via the LB-1 elevator closest to the bookstore which goes directly to LB-3.

Signage has been posted on MacKay St. and on LB-1 indicating the temporary entrances.

Services that used to be on LB-2 (Circulation Desk, Reference Desk and the Course Reserves Room), as well as the book drop and newspapers display, are now on LB-3 in the MacKay St. / de Maisonneuve St. W. corner.

Phase 3 of the renovations is probably the largest of the 4 phases since it will encompass all of LB-2, including the entrance, the circulation and reference desks, and the main staircase. Work started on LB-2 Bishop St. side in March and on MacKay St. on May 10. The targeted date of completion is January 31, 2017.

To follow all the news about the Webster Library Transformation Project and renovations, check out the Webster Library Transformation Blog.

We’re looking forward to another great year at Concordia!

Webster Library closure and renovations in LB

As part of the Library Transformation/Renovation project, a planned closure of the stairs between LB0 and LB1  is SCHEDULED for Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, all day for the installation of scaffoldings as part of the Webster Renovation project.

Access to LB0 and the Hall Building will be maintained via the underground tunnel.

It is recommended to use street level entrances to access to LB upper floors.

The Webster Library will close to the public and students on Saturday, May 7, at 9 p.m. and reopen  on Tuesday, May 10, at 9 a.m.

Please note: You won’t incur fines for not returning items — such as books, course packs, laptops and tablets — that are due back on May 8 or 9.

If you can’t drop off your due items by 4:45 p.m. on May 7, item due dates will be automatically extended to May 10 at 11 a.m.

When the library reopens on the morning of May 10, library users and staff will be required to use the new temporary entrance on Mackay Street — just look for the colourful project signage.

The staircase leads directly to the third floor of the LB Building (LB3), which will temporarily house the circulation, reference and information desks.

If you have mobility challenges, or wish to take the elevator, simply use the lift in the lobby of the LB Building — look for the colourful elevator wrap and press the button for LB3.

For further information, please see the Concordia News story: http://www.concordia.ca/news/news/stories/cunews/main/stories/2016/05/03/access-the-webster-library-from-its-new-temporary-entrance-on-mackay-st.html 

 

Your Suggestions Make a Difference

Though we can’t  always act on each question or comment we receive, here is a quick progress report on some of  recent library developments directly related to your Suggestion Box input: 

Electrical outlets
There have been many pleas for more electrical outlets in the libraries for all those students with laptops. Though we reported that the electrical system at Webster would be upgraded and that outlets would be installed throughout both libraries over the summer, work delays beyond our control have slowed this process down. We did want to let you know that this issue is still a top priority and that the renovation work will definitely be completed this semester. Special thanks go to the CSU Library Services Fund Committee for its support and funding of this improvement project, which will result in about 800 additional electrical outlets in the Libraries.

Keyboard Languages
Though there has been no blog post about this until now, we  received requests one-on-one  that additional keyboard languages be made available on the library computers so that students could more easily write their papers in languages other than English and French.  You might have noticed in our What’s New that almost all library workstations now make the following available, in accordance with the language programs offered at Concordia:  English (Canada & U.S.), French (Canada), Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Russian, Spanish.

Dirty Keyboards
Also off the blog so far, we received comments about dirt and germs on keyboards at some of the computer workstations at Webster. We have now initiated a more regular cleaning program for the keyboards of all computers in the library,  and hope that this should improve the situation. Do note, however, that:  a) unusually dirty keyboards or work areas can always be reported to the nearest service desk, and b) computer keyboards in a public area like ours will never be germ-free, no matter how often they are cleaned, so be sure to take proper hygiene into your own hands.

Ask a Wizard
We received more than one plea to get rid of the Ask a Librarian “wizard” that popped up and flew around on public workstations at every login.  Now that the Ask a Librarian service is featured  more prominently through other avenues, we’ve decided to go with the flow and bid the wizard adieu.

What’s New With Noise
You very recently asked what new initiatives we have implemented regarding noise reduction in the library. We didn’t mention it in the post but would now like to highlight that last month, the rubber-like linoleum floor covering in the Webster library entrance area was completely replaced by carpet, which should be much better suited for the important task of noise absorption.

Thanks for your contributions! Let us know if you are curious about the status of any other items you’ve seen mentioned on the blog.

Holiday access: Use the Mackay entrance

You wrote:

I don’t know why it was advertised that the Webster library would be open on Thanksgiving day for studying but ALL buildings on SGW campus were closed that day. It was definitely inconvenient for study plans! It would have been better to even err on the side of the plan that all buildings would be closed, so therefore no library access!

Wow, what  a nuisance! Thanks so much for bringing your experience to our attention. We just confirmed with Security that the Webster Library building was indeed open on Thanksgiving, though only the Mackay entrance was unlocked.  It is normal practice for that entrance to be the only entry point to the building on holidays, but there are also usually signs on the other doors redirecting you accordingly.  We have now added a permanent note about the Mackay street entrance on our web site hours page under holiday openings.  We will also include this information when posting the next holiday hours on our library plasma screen, and we will try to ensure that there are notes on the locked entrances next time.  We apologize for your incovenience and thank you again for the alert.