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The staff is friendly, the silence is deafening and the resources are on hand.
At least, so say some of the students who visited the Welland campus library Oct. 18, it’s opening day.
Anja Stenhouse, of the Early Childhood Education program, works in the library which opened Oct. 18. Photo by Stephanie Azevedo
"You come in here and you can hear yourself think," says Marla Togeretz, a Pharmacy Technician student in her second year.
"There was no place to sit and study [when the library wasn’t open]. I would walk around a lot and find a place to study."
"There’s a lot more open space," she says. "It almost seems like you can put more tables and chairs in."
A first-year Dental Hygiene student who wished to not be named says she "wanted quiet rooms for studying."
"There was the cafeteria; [I] don’t like cafeterias. It didn’t take a long time [for the library to open], so [I’m] happy about that."
Of the library now, she says, "It’s good. It’s big. It’s got everything: computers and study rooms."
"Everything seems easy to find, and the staff are helpful," noted Anja Stenhouse, a first-year Early Childhood Education student.
Shaun Koepke, a first-year Child and Youth Worker student, says the best parts of the library are seclusion and comfort. "I can sit here and no one can see me except the people beside me."
"It’s nice that it’s finally open. It took a while, like the parking lot, … but it’s definitely the quietest place that you can study."
A currently empty room in the Learning Commons, one that is just up the steps from the library, will soon become a tutorial room. According to Gordana Vitez, Library Services and Systems coordinator, "Tutorials in English, math and ESL [English as a Second Language] will be run out of the room by faculty."
"Previously, these tutorials were run out of the library in the Library Research Room."
The Welland campus library now includes 18 computers, a laser printer and photocopier, as well as a new lounge area surrounded by shelves of magazines and journals.
The four group study rooms will continue to be let out for two-hour time blocks, but a silent study room can be found outside the old entrance.
"We have been transient for quite awhile, albeit with very good neighbours, and it always feels so good to be home again," says Vitez.
"We’re looking forward to making the Library and Learning Commons a really friendly and welcoming environment with all the spaces students have been asking for: quiet space, group space and hang-out space," says Vitez.
The Welland campus library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.