Category Archives: renovation

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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 

 

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.

Ventilation on LB3

You wrote:

Would like to let you know about… Newly renovated 3rd floor computer rooms… It feels suffocating in the room, seems like no fresh air circulating, like a ventilation installed?
And when you open the door to go in, you can smell smelly smells, suffocating smells!
Not pleasant at all and the more you stay in there, really feeling not well, like weakness, starting a headache, hard to breath… So I left the computer room. Also, tables are not wide enough, so computer will not be too close with eyes… And it will be much better if more spaces between each of the computer station…So can put books, papers, purse…etc…Not enough free rooms to put stuffs on a computer station (squash)!

These comments have been shared with the Transformation team.

Library staff and a technician investigated the heating and ventilation and turned down the heat in LB-385.

Thank you for your comments.  If our library users have complaints or suggestions about specific rooms in the library, it is helpful to include the room name or number, which makes it easier and faster for us to track down the problem and try to solve it.  Also, if you include your email when you submit a comment, we can follow up with you about your experience.

Thank you.

Clocks at Webster Library

You wrote:

There are no clocks on any of the floors in the Webster library. It would be great to have at least one clock on each floor to help users keep track of the time in case we do not carry cell phones or wear watches.

A decision was made by the library not to include clocks in the newly renovated spaces at Webster Library.  Unfortunately, the clocks that used to be in the public spaces often showed an incorrect time and were not reliable.  Each computer in the library has a clock reading the correct time that, coupled with the fact that most students have laptops, tablets and phones all of which display the time, helped the library reach this decision.
Thank you for your comment.