As we embark on a period of unprecedented change for the Georgia Tech Library, we are reimagining library spaces, services and collections on a campus where the students, faculty, and staff live and work on the leading edge of technology, research, and innovation.
We provide information services and library spaces to some of the nation’s best and brightest college students and world-class faculty and researchers. It is fitting that Library’s services and resources evolve to meet their changing needs.
The Library Renewal Project is a multi-year plan that will facilitate this evolution and transformation. In 2013, the Board of Regents approved $1.7 million in design funds to begin the planning process for renewing the Library’s buildings and infrastructure. The Institute also approved a Georgia Tech contribution of $2.3 million in design funds. The design team, comprised of BNIM (Kansas City) and LP3 (Atlanta), are working closely with librarians, faculty, staff, and students to design a Georgia Tech Library for the 21st Century.
Our partnership with Emory Libraries will create a shared collection of Emory and Georgia Tech books, journals, and other library materials that will be available to faculty, staff, and students at both campuses. Construction is set to begin later this year on the Library Service Center (LSC), a jointly owned, high-density preservation facility located on Emory’s Briarcliff property. This facility will preserve the print collections potentially for more than 200 years. The LSC will house a majority of Georgia Tech’s print collection, although a core collection of print materials will remain on campus. We are making efficient service from the LSC facility of highest priority including same-day delivery of materials to both campuses, digital scanning services, and improved virtual browsing capabilities. The LSC includes a reading room and so Georgia Tech and Emory users will be able to access materials directly at the LSC, if they desire.
Once the Library Renewal is complete (anticipated to be 2019 or 2020), a vibrant three-building complex (Price Gilbert, Crosland Towers, and Clough Commons) dedicated to research and learning excellence will sit at the heart of Georgia Tech’s campus.
As we write this new chapter for the Georgia Tech Library, I encourage everyone to stay connected to the Library Renewal Project via the project website at renewal.library.gatech.edu or to reach out to me, your subject librarian, or other Library personnel with questions and comments.
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