The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library will initiate Phase Two of its $8 million renovation in late September as the main floor closes for its demolition and construction. As part of the initiation of this phase, the Library will be closed to the public on Thursday, September 23, and Friday, September 24, with research assistance continuously provided through the Library’s new 24/7 online chat reference service available from the Library’s home page (click Get Help Now on http://www.westga.edu/library).
During Phase Two, which will extend through the end of the 2010-11 academic year, the public will enter on the ground level at the corner nearest the Pafford Building. The second and third floors will be accessed via the Library’s two new elevators. In addition, the construction zone will widen around the Library, creating additional foot traffic detours.
In preparation for Phase Two, the Library has already begun moving some of its operations to other parts of the building. DVDs, new books, newspapers, and vending machines have already moved to the second floor. The majority of the computers are now located on the third floor with others on the second floor and laptops available for checkout. The value transfer station will also be moved to the third floor.
Other moves to be initiated in late September include the temporary relocation of Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Technical Services to the ground floor. Special Collections and the periodical collection will permanently relocate there. Government Documents will move to a temporary location on the third floor.
In March 2010, Ingram Library initiated the construction project to renovate its main and ground floors, and re-create the state capitol office of Georgia House Speaker Thomas B. Murphy. The funding was appropriated during the 2008 Georgia state legislative session as a tribute to the late Speaker. This renovation, and additional upgrades to the second and third floors, will result in a more flexible study environment with furniture that allows students to design the space to fit their needs and to work more collaboratively. In response to student feedback, there will be an increased number of computer stations, the addition of a café, and an additional library entrance that faces the Campus Center.
For further information about Ingram Library’s renovation see http://www.westga.edu/libraryrenovation.