UofSC cuts ribbon on “library of the future” at Thomas Cooper Library Tuesday, Jan 21 at 11 a.m.

Students and staff started using the renovated space the day it opened at Thomas Cooper Library.

Students and staff started using the renovated space the day it opened at Thomas Cooper Library.

Thomas Cooper Library — the long-standing favorite place to study on campus — is cutting the ribbon on its newly renovated Level 4 in a ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m., revealing the “library of the future,” an innovative study and collaborative workspace designed by students.

UofSC President Bob Caslen, Student Body President Luke Rankin, and University Libraries Associate Dean for Collections Miranda Bennett will cut the ribbon at 11 a.m. in front of Thomas Cooper Library, then move to Level 4, revealing the renovation that improving studying at the library and increasing its overall seating capacity by 100.

Tours of the renovated floor, including demonstrations of the new furniture, workspaces and technology, will take place after the 11 a.m. ribbon cutting through 12:30 p.m.

In addition to work surfaces and innovative seating, Level 4 also includes new-to-the-market collaborative technology pods — glass-walled, temperature-controlled spaces with large, interactive monitors students can wirelessly connect their phone and tablet apps to. Students can freely arrange the furniture to configure it as they wish, creating large workspaces, individual study nooks, or any other design that meets their academic needs.

The renovation that began during Thanksgiving break in 2019, was completed before students and faculty returned to campus in January. This not only minimized disruption but was the key requirement for the project to receive funding from President Caslen.

“I have never seen any campus project move this fast,” says Rankin, who worked with President Caslen and University Libraries to renovate the space. “The library leaders listened to our concerns about quality study space and modern seating in TCoop, and they let us play a key role. Students now have more study space that’s fresh and collaborative.”

“The original library design was perfect for a building that must grow and change with the student population,” says UofSC Dean of Libraries Tom McNally. “The Level 4 refresh lets us capitalize on that prescient design and get the most out of a great space.”

For event details, contact Nicole Carrico, 803-777-2115 (office), 803-446-3952 (mobile) or carrico@sc.edu.

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