A new a state-of-the-art study facility will be unveiled on the fifth floor of the James A. Gibson Library at Brock University on Tuesday.
The $460,000 project, to be named the Children’s Educational Foundation of Canada (CEFC) Commons, has created 3,600 square feet of library space.
University Librarian Mark Robertson said that libraries have changed from what used to be highly formal environments primarily designed primarily as book repositories.
“Our goal was to create a fresh and modern environment that could accommodate a variety of learning styles, so you'll see areas for individual study and group work, as well as lounge-like areas with soft seating and, yes, even bean bags,” said Robertson.
“We expect the fifth floor will be known as a destination for students on campus. We are thrilled with the result.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the new space.
Brock said the event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
The renovation was made possible by a $263,000 donation from the Children’s Educational Foundation of Canada, which also contributed to Brock’s Archives and Special Collections endowment and the purchase of library resources.
Parking is available in Lot D for those attending the grand reopening.