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The grand opening of Merrill-Cazier on Nov. 17 gave students and the community the opportunity to tour and learn about all the new library has to offer.

The Merrill-Cazier library used to be known as the Science and Technology Library. Over the past year it has undergone construction in an effort to combine its materials with the Merrill Library, which has closed.

With construction finished, students are allowed to use the library's new resources.

The new library brings a more formal atmosphere to studying. The floors are primarily tile or concrete with carpet in some of the study areas. The rooms are separated by breezeways or glass walls.

The atmosphere was quiet and calm even though the Information Commons, the new computer lab run by Student Lab Services, was full with students. The Information Commons is equipped with 150 computers. Some have their own scanners and all of them have presentation software. This area of the library also has its own reference desk.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the new library is the Borrower Automated Retrieval Network (BARN) which has viewing platforms on the second, third and fourth floors. The volumes are stored in metal bookcases which are stacked on each other four floors tall and at least 50 yards deep.

"The BARN has about 25 years of growth space," said Betty Dance, a reference desk librarian for the last 15 years.

The BARN has 525,000 volumes and a capacity to hold 1.5 million.

The basement of the Merrill-Cazier library has the Special Collections and Archives center. The center houses 83,000 books, 18,000 lineal feet of manuscripts and archives and 350,000 photographs.

Some members of the community and surrounding areas donated items to the center such as the room with the black and white checkered flooring with an old fireplace, table, and chandelier.

Special Collections is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Assistive Technology Learning Center (ATLC) is another feature of the new library. ATLC assists students with disabilities by using various assistive technology and devices such as screen reader programs and a braille printer. There are also touch pads, adjustable desks, voice recognition for more accessible typing and a closed circuit television for use with print materials.

Trained personnel provide assistive technology evaluations and training on various devices.

The Merrill-Cazier library has 33 group study rooms- all with whiteboards. Thirteen of the study rooms on the first floor are to be equipped with computers and one with a projector. Students can reserve these study rooms through the Library Online Catalog.

Click the thumbnail photos below for larger versions.

Solitude in Blue

Darks and Lights

Study Area Group Areas The Comfy Chairs
The Curvy Chairs