Final touches underway for new Parks Library Collaboration Commons Area

Aug 14, 2019 · Nacuya Rucker

Iowa State students will experience a new and improved library upon their return this fall. Six new technology-equipped collaboration rooms, a reconfigured main desk, community style and individual study spaces, height-adjustable desks and additional electrical outlets are a result of the Parks Library Commons Area Improvement Project, which started in May.

Each year, the University Library conducts a comprehensive student survey to better understand the needs of students and how the library can provide support throughout their academic journey. Survey responses helped fuel the robust renovation.

“These improvements were made with our primary audience in mind – students,” said Hilary Seo, University Library interim dean. “This project is an integral investment in our students and will help create an environment conducive to innovation and academic success – it targets everything from technology-equipped collaboration spaces to accessible, comfortable seating.”

In addition to support from the university and the University Library Strategic Fund, this project was made possible by a generous $200,000 donation from The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa. A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the project and donors is planned for later this fall.

For additional information on the project and how it may impact library services, click on the Spaces & Computers tab and scroll down to Renovation Updates – Summer 2019 or visit

Check out photos from the renovation below: