This August marked the start of the 16th fall semester in Lied Library, which, as you may have noticed, has received a number of public space enhancements during the past few years. University Libraries is driven by the principle of continuous improvement, and work to provide the best learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, and community.
One of the many ways that our libraries support students in their academic endeavors is by providing a variety of learning spaces for them to explore, discover, connect, and create. We offer a diverse selection of spaces for students – places where they can recharge their minds as well as their devices, places where they can collaborate with their classmates, and places where they can reflect in solitude.
Lied Library’s second floor has received the most enhancements to date, and is nearing completion. The most recent update is the creation of the Leisure Zone, a place to learn serendipitously by providing many sources of information and different options for exploring it. Once open, later this fall, students will be able to take advantage of new furniture options in this space as well.
The Leisure Reading print collection is a rotating selection of 500 recently published fiction and non-fiction titles available for checkout to UNLV students, faculty, and staff, and will be on display in the Leisure Zone. A complete listing of titles is available online or by searching the term “leisure” in the library catalog.
Two computer kiosks will highlight PressReader, a dynamic resource that provides access to full-color, full-page content of more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines, representing more than 100 countries and 60 languages. PressReader can be accessed via the kiosks, your computer, or via the app on a myriad of mobile devices. (The print newspaper collection, along with selected print magazine titles, will also be on display for easy browsing.)
Also new to this area is the display of the Libraries’ feature film DVD collection. “Casino,” “The Cooler,” “Casino Royale,” and hundreds of other titles will be on open shelving for browsing in the Leisure Zone. All titles can be checked out for 7 days. If you prefer to use the catalog, you can search by subject for "feature films," or limit an advanced search to the location "UNLV Leisure Media."
Also debuting in the Leisure Zone will be four digital screens that highlight unique library collections, showcase library faculty and their expertise, feature campus digital scholarship, and more. Stay tuned as additional programming is finalized.
Additional enhancements that have been completed on the second floor include:
- A charging zone: custom furniture installed outside of the Graduate Commons creates three zones in one – lounge space, semi-circular areas for small groups, and tall work counters for individual study. In all 96 seats were added in this zone, with 80 additional power outlets for students to plug in and charge.
- Additional computers: late last fall, 126 new computer workstations with rolling task chairs were added – increasing Lied Library’s student computer access by 57 percent! An additional power outlet and two USB outlets were added at each workstation, so students can charge their mobile devices conveniently.
- Flexible group space: eight charging counters, providing a unique study area for groups, were designed and installed, along with over 60 movable tables and 150 rolling chairs. This space allows for groups to self-select or construct the space they need – from a trio of students to larger study groups.
Additional information on the space enhancement project can be found online.