By: Amanda Carroll, Contributing Writer
Cook Library will continue to undergo renovations until the spring, with the goal of making the building more accessible for all students, faculty and staff.
The renovations have three distinct phases: a streamlined service desk, a reimagined Starbucks and a 24/7 study space. All three projects will be completed in stages, culminating midway through next semester.
The first project is the centralization of library services where patrons can reserve, borrow, return or request items through interlibrary loan all in one place. This project is currently near completion.
The second project is a newly renovated Starbucks, slated to open in October during midterm season. The renovations will include a full service menu of drinks and food as well as a seating area. This stage of renovations will also introduce Cook Library’s first gender neutral restrooms.
Construction on the third project, the 24/7 study space, is slated to begin in January and conclude midway through the spring semester.
The space will feature computers, wi-fi, and varied seating styles that will allow for both independent and group study. The space will be accessible by a OneCard swipe.
According to Dean of University Libraries Deborah Nolan, the inspiration for these projects came from listening to students’ wants and needs through surveys, interviews and observation.
These projects uphold Cook Library’s mission to be a valued resource for all of Towson’s students, faculty, and staff, Nolan said.
In light of the “dust, noise and disruption,” Nolan commends the “patience and tolerance” library staff have demonstrated.
Students are encouraged visit Au Bon Pain, Paws, LA Café and Enactus Cafe for similar-styled food goods until Starbucks reopens in October.