While I was technically at inauguration this past weekend, I was also technically inside the library, on the third floor, as opposed to sitting on the quad. And, since Anh did such a marvelous job covering what it was like being on the right side of the convocation, I’m going to stick to my side. The side looking outwards and onwards. Isn’t it beautiful?:
While the inauguration went on in the rain, any other festivities that might have occurred were postponed to a later rain date, making this past Saturday the perfect day to check out all the ins and outs of the renovated Miller Library. Boys and girls, am I impressed! What I considered enough of a travesty to write about it in The Libel (the school satire paper) last spring has miraculously turned into a fantastic, new, state-of-the-art library.
Yes, many of the books have been moved. But now instead of a ridiculous amount of open spaced tables encouraging way too much conversation and not enough solitude and silence, the library has been set up in a way that makes me excited not just to do my homework, but find a little nook to read my Kindle.
So let’s work our way up the library from the windows to the walls, beginning in the basement, aka “the street”. The tables are still there to work late, late night or early, early morning, but one side of the stairs has been removed for renovations upstairs. Without context, I’d be upset. But once you walk up the stairs, the first floor now has an amazing addition. In a space where I literally can’t remember ever going to before, there is now a giant reading room with magazines, newspapers, giant volumes of books and long oak tables. It is well lit, and if you can get a spot before it fills up, I think it might be the place to be. Directly across from it, right next to archives and special collections, what once used to be an austere and old-world-esque reading room, there is now a “cordoned” off, well-lit study room that only the brave will find.
Now, into the actual library, there is a grand new entrance hallway with a massive help desk that leads into the first floor. The first floor hasn’t changed much, but now that I’m used to it, it’s fine for the conversation and group-work floor. Similarly the second floor is sort of a group/study/quiet floor that has been better sectioned off, but like the street’s renovations, isn’t that different or life-changing.
But the third floor? The one upon which I looked out on inauguration (on the classroom side of the library.) Finally, it’s back to “the real deal” Evander Holyfield silent study room it was born to be. There are rows of cubicles, tables that are sectioned off littered across the third floor like Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta army. Desks for days! I couldn’t be happier. So come check it out yourself.
Now, I could give you pictures, but then that would ruin the surprise, so you should probably just visit the new Miller 2014 Library.