As the academic year comes to a close, students continue to wonder what will become of the William H. Hannon Library construction site. What began in May of 2007 will finally be completed by late June and the groundbreaking is set to take place on Sunday, August 29, 2009. However, as the date approaches, questions and rumors have circulated regarding the new amenities that will come with the library. '
'No Starbucks, no Pinkberry,' said Kristine Brancolini, dean of the University Library, in response to rumors that these businesses would be part of the new library. 'There will be a caf'eacute; called Jazzman that will be operated by Sodexo.' The caf'eacute; will serve coffee-style drinks, plus a variety of baked goods and will be open 24/7.'
A student media lounge will accompany the Jazzman Caf'eacute;, and will include a 40 seat interior and a 40 seat exterior. It will house three flat panel television screens with various television channels and, like the caf'eacute;, will be open 24/7.
Other amenities within the library will include two electronic classrooms, seating areas with approximately 261,000 volumes, and 100 computers for student and faculty use. ' Additionally, the University has also taken steps to make the Hannon Library more environmentally friendly. The building is designed to comply with the LEED certification standards for sustainable site development.'
'Energy' efficient' lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), post-consumer recycled content materials and use of daylight views are just a few of the areas in which we incorporated an environmentally friendly design,' said Al Tipon, director of Facilities Management, in response to what steps will be taken to comply with the LEED certification.'
New special collections will also be added to the Hannon Library, in addition to preserving existing collections. The Center for the Study of Los Angeles Research Collection, which is currently housed off-campus, will be moving into the new library. Additionally, an entire room located on the third floor will be devoted to a series of special exhibits. For the grand opening, the library will present exhibits on the history of books and printing.
According to Tipon, the Von der Ahe Library will be replaced with administrative offices including Admissions, Campus Ministry, Study Abroad, Financial Aid, the Campus Bookstore, the OneCard office, Graphics and a few other departments as well. However, says Tipon, 'We cannot commit a schedule to this project until the economic climate of the University improves. We are in the process of studying what will replace [those' existing]' department buildings.''
Some students are awaiting the groundbreaking of the Hannon Library with excitement. 'It's centrally located for most students and, being so large, it will open up so many more quiet places for students to go and study,' said freshman liberal arts major Jenna Tioseco.
'With the size of the Hannon Library, we won't have to fight over study rooms anymore and I think that the new library will also offer up more work opportunities for students. I'm excited to see the finished product.'
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