Renovation and reopening of the Venables Health Sciences Library
Venables Health Sciences Library on Siebens 10 underwent a significant renovation over the summer to enhance the study environment for Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) students. Students had indicated on a past survey that they needed more quiet study areas and computers with extended hours of access.
Keeping these needs in mind, the library space was redesigned to include additional computers and group and individual study/work areas with 24×7 keycard access. In order to make this happen, the circulating collection of books, audiovisuals, and print journals was moved and integrated with Plummer Library’s collection. The change is advantageous for students because Plummer Library is open longer hours in the evenings and on both Saturdays and Sundays allowing greater access to traditional resources. Students and faculty are also able to browse related and diverse resources in one place at Plummer Library.
Primary resources used by students are still located on site at Venables Library including reserve materials required or recommended for coursework and anatomical models. The anatomical models are attractively showcased on glass shelving and immediately visible when approaching the library on Siebens 10.
The changes are on trend with other academic libraries that have reevaluated space and user needs based on the general shift toward electronic resources. In recent years, greater emphasis has been placed on libraries as a physical place to focus on learning.
The redesigned space is very inviting with a fresh, updated look. The natural light shines through and windows provide a nice view to the local surroundings.
To introduce students and faculty to the renovated space, an open house was held on September 12, 2012, for MSHS students and faculty. The open house was well attended and the overall response has been very positive including comments such as:
“Love the renovation, thank you!”
“Great study environment”
“Very open and airy, really like it!”
Dana Gerberi and Vladana Gajic-Zoric
Venables Health Sciences Library