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Iowa State University Library is committed to providing quality resources and spaces that faculty, students and staff need to succeed, and our upcoming projects are a testament to this. While most students are on vacation this summer, Parks Library will be hard at work embarking on two large-scale renovation projects, simotaenoulsy – the Parks Library Common Area Improvements Project and the Bathroom Renovations Project. 

For photos, timelines and more about each project, please visit the links below or to the right and follow the University Library on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to visit this site periodically, as information will be updated throughout the duration of the renovation. 



1. Parks Library Common Area Improvement Project 

New technology-equipped collaboration rooms, additional study space and more coming this fall

While most students are on vacation this summer, Parks Library will be hard at work transforming its first floor into a hub for student services and expanding collaboration and study space. The remodeling project will enable the library to improve traffic patterns through the main floor, create six new technology-equipped collaboration rooms, increase individual study spaces and offer a one-stop service experience to meet the needs of students, faculty and visitors.

The project will reconfigure areas made available through staff moves and create new group collaboration rooms with interactive displays that combine several functions into one device: a touch/presentation screen, whiteboard and video and audio conference capabilities. This technology enables users to save screenshots to USB drives or memory cards, run Windows applications to work collaboratively or conduct video and audio conferencing.

The renovation will also have a significant impact on the library’s aesthetic. The new open floor plan will increase the amount of natural light and give library users a beautiful view of the West Lawn from the collaboration rooms and study space.

For project updates, photos and more, please visit ######. 


2. Bathroom Renvovation Project

Parks Library forges ahead with bathroom renovation, replacing second set of restrooms with modern, ADA-compliant facilities 

This summer, Parks Library will complete its bathroom renovation, which began fall 2018. Last August, the first bank of 57-year old restrooms were replaced by modern, gender and family inclusive facilities. The second bank of restrooms at the north end of the 1960s addition will be ready for use fall 2019. 

Parks Library is one of the most heavily used buildings on the Iowa State campus, with 12,000+ students visiting every day. Parks Library will be on the growing list of buildings with accommodating and inclusive washrooms. 

For project updates, photos and more, please visit ######.