Cape Breton University’s library will take on a new look in the near future with the recent announcement of a $1 million enhancement project.
On April 19, 2010, at the Boardmore Theatre, CBU President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. John Harker, along with, Chair and founder of the CBU Friends of the Library Committee, Eunice Harker and CBU Students’ Union Vice-President Finance & Operations, Sarah Pyke unveiled the project that is expected to start in May 2010.
The evening was a highlight of many events that have taken place over the year with the Boardmore Theatre buzzing with CBU donors, community members, students, faculty and staff, all eager to hear the exciting news.
And they were not disappointed. The enhancement plans include a revitalized, user-friendly environment, designed to meet changing student, staff and technological needs. The primary focus is movement through an arrival area central to improved access to services, reconfigured computer and student/staff work space, as well as, a new and comfortable seating area conducive to student group discussions and assignments. The seating area addition involves the removal of a large wall that will open up the library to more natural light. All will be visible destinations for a student, faculty or community visitor and have been designed in response to needs expressed by students and recognized by staff.
The CBU Library will also become more easily accessible with the addition of a second elevator, which can be accessed off the central arrival area. The elevator will actually become a focal point and will replicate the look of a town clock. More private, quiet study areas will be added on the second floor. Flooring and lighting will be replaced throughout. Plans also include the addition of more wood treatments with a sound absorption quality that will improve the acoustics in the space.
“As the post-secondary education sector becomes more competitive, we have to ensure CBU competes effectively with other universities. By making enhancements such as those announced for the library tonight and improving services to our students, we are doing just that,” says Dr. Harker.
As if the announcement of the enhancement was not impressive enough, a reading by award winning Cape Breton author Linden Macintyre, topped off the evening along with musical selections from Lucy and Stewart MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils.
The night was a great celebration literary success!