Category Archives: renovation

Temperature in the Libraries

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.

We will report these issues to Facilities Management, the department that controls building temperatures on campus: https://www.concordia.ca/offices/facilities.html​ and ask for adjustments as necessary.

We thank you for your patience!

WEBSTER LIBRARY 3rd FLOOR CLOSED APRIL 21-22, 2017

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.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

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!

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.

Keep up-to-date with library services and facilities by reading our What’s New, Announcements and Notices  and you can subscribe with to the RSS feed.

You can also follow Concordia Library on Twitter and Instagram: @ConcordiaLib – for news, information about our collections and services.

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 

 

Cubicles/Study Carrels at Webster Library

We’ve heard from several of you about the lack of study carrels/cubicles in the newly renovated spaces at Webster Library.

The cubicles of the style you refer to are being phased out as part of the Webster Library Transformation Project.  Once the Transformation is complete all silent study spaces at the Webster Library will be contained within closed rooms, such as the new reading rooms currently available on LB3. 

The new reading rooms include a new contemporary style of individualized study space, or carrel. These new spaces feature partitions that are significantly lower than the old style cubicles in order to provide improved visibility, lighting and security. The facing partition (30 cm) and the side partitions are meant to help limit distractions.

 However,  as a result the comments we have received on this issue, we have decided to re-examine the design of the carrels to be placed in the renovated 2nd and 4th floors of the transformed Webster Library.

We are exploring the possibility of having a carrel design that will still allow improved visibility, lighting and security but which would have higher partitions to provide greater isolation from distractions.

Thank you for your comments.