Plans for Wilson Library 279

Posted on: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 10:00am

Collaborative Study/Presentation Space Planned for Wilson Library 279

A collaborative study/presentation space is planned for Wilson 279, the former home of Special Collections on Wilson 2. With the move of Special Collections to new, more generous and more secure space on Wilson 6, Wilson 279 will be reconfigured to meet student demands for additional study space for group work and interaction, as well as additional presentation and performance space for the fruits of student and faculty research.

New carpet and windows have already been installed. New furniture, including upholstered chairs, study tables, and study booths will be installed later this year. The tables will be foldable so that the space can be reconfigured to easily accommodate presentations of faculty and student research, author readings, and other performances.

The Libraries have also been working with University Dining Services to install an Einstein Brothers’ Bagel kiosk in the space. While the menu and hours are still under discussion, the installation would serve coffee, freshly baked bagels, and other grab-and-go items. Wilson 279 will be open briefly during winter quarter and will close again in spring quarter for painting and installation of infrastructure needed for the Einstein Brothers’ Bagel kiosk. The newly renovated space will open officially beginning fall quarter, 2010.

The space fulfills a number of student and campus needs. Students have long asked for additional collaborative study spaces to work together on projects and study in groups. The presentation space offers an alternative to the popular Skybridge for faculty lectures, student research presentations and performances. It also provides a communal gathering place for the campus, creating a forum for students, faculty and staff to come together for intellectual discussion and debate – with food as a catalyst. We expect this will become a vibrant hub of activity.