Parks Library Commons Area Improvement Project
Coming August 2019: New technology-equipped collaboration rooms, interactive digital kiosk, additional study space and more
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. Construction is planned to start mid-May and finish mid-August.
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.
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.
Be sure to visit this site periodically, as updates will be posted throughout the renovation.
Update #2: Monday, August 12
University Library Tech Lending
Tech Lending will continue to serve students via Parks Library Room 140 – located north of the Learning Connections Center. For questions, please contact Tech Lending at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-1564.
Circulation Desk – Now called main service desk
The Parks Library Circulation Desk has been renamed to the Parks Library Main Service Desk. The new desk will be located front and center and enable visitors to readily access our knowledgeable staff.
The original after-hours book drop located on the south wall of Parks Library has been replaced by an external, silver and black book drop. The new book drop is also located on the south wall, just a few feet from the original.
Interactive Digital Kiosk
From locating meeting rooms to browsing through library events, the new kiosk will be a hub for library infomration. The display is expected to be completed by mid-fall.
Update #1: Tuesday, May 7 at 4 p.m.
University Library Tech Lending
In preparation for the renovation, University Library Tech Lending will be closed from Saturday, May 11 to Sunday, May 19. Services will resume on Monday, May 20 at 8 a.m.
During this time, Tech Lending will temporarily move its services to Parks Library Room 140 – located north of the Learning Connections Center. All devices checked out via Tech Lending must be returned by Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m. to avoid late fees.
In the meantime, students will still have access to 280 public, desktop computers equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Safari and more.
Information regarding the new permanent Tech Lending space will be released at a later date. For questions, please contact Tech Lending at email@example.com or call 515-294-1564.
Starting Monday, May 13, the Parks Library Circulation Desk will temporarily relocate to the north side of the main lobby – directly in front of the Learning Connections Center.
The former space will be converted into a collaborative area with additional seating for library users. The new Circulation Desk will be located directly in front of the central staircase and will be available this fall.
Starting Monday, May 13, books must be returned during normal Parks Library hours – the after-hours book drop will be closed due to renovation. A new external after-hours book drop will be installed opposite the south wall of Parks Library, and is expected to arrive this summer.
More information about the new book drop will be released at a later date.
Check out photos of the upcoming project, and stay tuned for more photos throughout the summer.
Will Parks Library remain open during the renovation?
Yes, Parks Library's hours will remain the same throughout the renovation.
What areas will be closed?
During the common area renovation, there will be two enclosed construction areas to contain debris. Please note that construction workers will share the same walkways as library users in order to complete their work.
When will construction start and end?
The project will begin mid-May and finish mid-August.
Can I still make a tabling or flier request for an organization or club event?
Parks Library will not accept tabling or screensaver requests for the summer and possibly early fall. Flier and tabling policies/guidelines will be updated during this time. For updates, stay tuned for upcoming editions of Your Library.
Will Tech Lending remain open?
Although Tech Lending may be impacted during this project, there will be clear wayfinding signs to pinpoint its location.
Will Bookends remain open?
Yes, Bookends will remain open.
Will the IT Solution Center remain open?
Yes, the IT Solution center will remain open.
Will there be noise around the construction area?
Yes, the noise from the first floor may travel throughout the library, but as a courtesy, we will have free ear plugs available on the first floor.