Everett Library due for an upgrade

 Everett Library interiorEverett Library, a longstanding centerpiece on the Queens campus, could be in for a new look.

The administration is drafting plans for extensive renovations to the building, which has seen no major structural improvements since the 1960s.

“Upon completion, students can expect an even more user-friendly study space and work environment,” said Everett Library’s public services manager, Rachel Carter.

There is a proposal for an $11 million fundraising campaign. The focus will be on both the structure and internal improvements, including furnishings, equipment and services to students.

The plans await review by Queens’ next president, Daniel Lugo, who takes office July 1. By then, the university hopes also to have a new dean of the library. The former dean, Eric Shoaf, retired in November. Assistant Provost Greg Pillar is now standing in as interim library director.

One goal is to modernize the look and feel of the library’s interior, featuring more open spaces and a Scandinavian aesthetic.  Students can see a sample of the new furnishings on the first floor.

Asked about the plans, Kathleen Gibbs, ’21, said, “This excites me because I am not a fan of the current aesthetics.”

Pillar was unable to be more specific about plans and a fundraising campaign. Lugo, contacted at his present post at Colby College in Maine, also declined to comment until he takes office in July.

Students were asked what would like to see in a future library and their responses were included more study spaces, a modern look and online database kiosks.

“I want to see updated electronics and furnishings,” said Charliegh Hodges, ’22.

As a hub for the Queens’ community, the library sees more than 4,000 visits by students in a typical week, Shoaf said in an email. In that sense, Everett Library is more popular than the Levine Center. Many students go to the library to find a quiet study environment.

A study showed visitors of the library made use of more than 13,500 physical & electronic materials during a 12-month period ending in June, according to Brian Trippodo, who is the librarian for systems and electronic resources.

Everett Library is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The next reaffirmation of Everett Library is scheduled for 2022.

Have a question or comment? Contact Rachel Carter at carterk@queens.edu

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