The Moustakas Johnson Library at MSP got a new look over summer break!
Since the return to in-person instruction and activities, the library carefully monitored the use of its physical space. In January of this year, the library staff conducted a student survey to learn what students valued most about the current library space and what would encourage them to use the library more. The survey results as well as investigations into academic library space trends directly influenced the remodel. Highlights of the renovation (as pictured above) include:
- new layout
- new furniture including private study pods, booths, and standing counters
- electrical outlets and USB plugs at every study station
- increased brightness with emphasis on nature views
- new carpet and paint
“We’re so thankful for the institutional support to make this dream a reality. The library’s new design is centered on promoting student learning through flexible and comfortable study spaces,” said Academic User Services Librarian, Stephanie Swanberg. “And, of course, our peaceful nature views are an even more prominent feature in the new design. We’re so excited to see how our students use the new space in the coming year.”
The improvements to the library are the latest in a series of campus renovations led by Director of Facilities Management, Ed Klatt during his time at MSP. These renovations include the development and building of the Diane S. Blau building, campus beautification, and much more. The continued improvement of campus facilities is just one way that MSP continues to provide support to students and we’re excited to see this improved space being utilized as the new academic year begins.
“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of Ed and his team, the renovated library will fully embrace its role as the campus oasis — an ideal setting for both contemplation and collaboration,” said Jana Thompkins, Academic Administrative & Technical Services Librarian. “We can’t wait to see how students and faculty alike take to the new space!”
To find out more about The Moustakas Johnson Library visit their webpage.