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L​ast fall, the CMU Libraries undertook a master planning process to determine future uses of space within the library building. The area on the south end of the second floor was selected as an ideal location for the first project. This space is acoustically separate yet highly visible, lending itself well to the kind of repurposed space the library wanted to create. 

The new space​ is named the Copeland Suite​ in recognition of Irene Copeland,​ whose bequest made the remodel possible. It offers an attractive new study environment that includes seating for more than 75 people, movable furniture, semi-private collaboration pods, flat screen monitors, marker boards, and ample power outlets for the use and charging of mobile devices. It has become a technology-supported collaborative learning space.

In addition to the Copeland Suite, we also mad​e some changes to other library spaces:

  •        Print reference books were shifted to nearby compact shelves.
  •        Tall shelving was removed and study carrels and tables were relocated. ​​
  •        Computers were added to the carrels near the Research Help Desk.​​​
  •        Low shelving was relocated to the north end of the second floor. Browsing books, new books, the English Language Institute books, and the newspapers were moved from the Mary Dow Reading Room on the 3rd floor to this new area.
  •        The Theses and Dissertations collections were moved from the 4th floor to the Mary Dow Reading Room.
  •        Study carrels were added to the Mary Dow Reading Room.
  •        Effective Fall 2016, the partition wall in Room 211 will be permanently closed and both halves of the room will be available for check out by students for group use and presentation practice.

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