The Buffalo News reports that the University at Buffalo’s Silverman Library has just completed $7.2 million in renovations. The attention-grabbing headline states “It’s goodbye, books, as UB library powers up for digital age.” No, the library isn’t getting rid of all of its books, just moving some to make room for features such as:
- more natural light
- a Starbucks cafe
- media editing rooms
- more group study rooms and large tables
- more power outlets
This is in line with current trends to make libraries more conducive to collaboration and use of technology. Just a few examples:
- In 2015, Canisius College’s Bouwhis Library completed the 2nd phase of a renovation project, which included expanded group study areas and more comfortable furniture.
- The West Seneca public library, having received state funding, is planning an expansion that includes public meeting space, new furniture, and a cafe.
- Niagara County Community College’s library is in the early stages of a Learning Commons project, which will include multimedia workstations, print kiosks, and of course, group study space.