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Major Overhaul of James Joyce Library

viagra serif;”>UCD library renovations are due to be completed on the first and fourth floors in the coming weeks. A social learning space is to be created on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library. It will be available, according to the Official UCD Library website, for all users in October 2012. The space created will provide “wired spaces for laptop use, individual work spaces, and much needed group and collaborative workspaces for our users.”

The fourth floor redevelopments involvebook collections being compacted on Level 4. UCD Library states that this is to facilitate the long term planning of the library with the core library administration team to move to Level 4.

Shane Comer, UCDSU Education Officer, told the College Tribune, “what is happening is that the main administrative staff, who are currently scattered in offices in various locations around the library, are being relocated to one specific area which will be on the third floor.”

Queries have arisen relating to the projected completion date of the projects on the first and fourth floors; both are expected to be completed in October, however, as of time of publication, building work is on-going, leaving a large volume of chairs, desks and office equipment closed off with tape. “I have been told,” stated Comer, “that the works on both sites should be completed within the next few weeks”.

Comer also went on to stress that the re-developments on the first floor, while being a place for informal study, will not be “a place for having your lunch or a coffee but, like I said, a place for students to study more informally which is an environment that many students favour.”

Queries have been raised by students over the placement of pink slips upon desks around the James Joyce library, which are taped to desks with an “X” on all slips; it is believed however that these desks are to be replaced by new desks. “The pinks slips indicate desks that are in some way damaged or have large amounts of graffiti on them, beyond cleaning, and these (with pinks slips) are to be replaced by new desks” according to Mr Comer. Upon inspection of such desks though, on Friday October 19th, very few of the many desks seemed to be damaged, or heavily marked.

By Matthew H. Farrelly

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