Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology Renovation
An open house was held as part of dedication ceremonies on Oct. 5, 2007.
Levels one through four of the library reopened March 18, 2007. The fifth floor, with its café and additional social and study spaces, opened in August.
A formal celebration and grand opening was held Oct. 5, 2007.
The main library had closed May 6, 2005, and circulation and reference services were moved to James C. Colgate Hall (Student Union).
• What: 51,000 gross square feet will be added; 101,000 gsf renovated
• When: Official groundbreaking was May 15, 2004.
• Why: To provide a center for a new information age that will give Colgate a building with a vibrant intellectual environment that supports academic excellence, fosters innovation, and enhances the quality of campus life.
• Who: Design architect: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Architects, Boston; architect of record: Kendall/Heaton, Houston; construction manager: Gilbane Building Co. and U.W. Marx Construction Co.; Colgate project manager: Joe Bello
• The building houses not only Colgate’s library specialists but also the information technology staff, creating a group of 70 educational experts working together under one roof.
• A new fifth floor with a separate outside entrance on the south side was added. It houses a café and a 24-hour study area and separate areas for a multimedia production suite, and public computing. A walkway to the new entrance makes the building accessible to the upper quad. The Digital Learning and Media Center became available in Septemer 2012 from a shelled in space not completed in the 2004-7 renovation.
• The existing west entrance was enlarged and a new east entrance created.
• Two new wings were added to the east and west sides of the building to provide additional floor space.
• Interior spaces were opened up to promote interaction and free flow of materials.
• A robotic storage/retrieval mechanism (LASR) accepts a student's order and delivers a book to the circulation desk in minutes. It is housed in a vault approximately 30 feet high by 115 feet long that holds about 500,000 books. The most commonly requested books will be kept on regular shelves for browsing; older materials will be placed in the robotic system.
- New library layout
• Level One houses the conservation lab, government documents, network services, audio and visual studios, mechanical equipment rooms.
• Level Two: Rare book reading room and archives, shelving for the circulating collection, multimedia production rooms, faculty carrels, reader seating, group study rooms, and senior theses carrels
• Level Three: East and west entrances, reference servces, circulation services, interlibrary services, reference, Information Technology Services, library administrative offices, audio-visual viewing stations and group viewing rooms, and the Blackmore Archive of Recorded Sound
• Level Four: shelving for the circulating collections, current periodical and newspaper reading room, collection services, IT offices, seminar and group study rooms, and the LASR observation deck
• Level Five: South entrance, cafe, flexible workroom, a classroom/learning lab, the Digital Media and Learning Center, additional group study, meeting and seminar rooms, and a large reading room.