Improved spaces and technology

If there’s one building on campus that touches every Shocker, it’s Ablah Library. The university has received a lot of feedback on how the library can better meet the needs of students—and we’ve developed a plan to do just that. This project will allow Ablah to make many of the upgrades students have requested—including an expanded 24-hour study room.

The projects:

  • A larger 24-hour study room with additional seating, restroom access and connection into the main foyer.
  • Additional technology-rich creation/project spaces focused on supporting digital humanities and social science activities.
  • Newly developed Academic Forum space on the first floor.
  • Compact shelving that creates space for the growing print collection and frees up space on the top floors for additional collaborative areas.
  • Small and large seminar/collaboration rooms with movable glass walls.

How we got student feedback:

  • Requests from library patrons
  • Conversations with student leadership
  • Surveys and editorials
  • Suggestions from our student employees

Ablah Library concepts

  • Ablah lower level blueprint
  • Ablah first floor blueprint
  • Ablah second floor blueprint
  • Ablah third floor blueprint