Scottsdale Community College unveils renovated library facility

A view of the new state-of-the art library facility at the Scottsdale Community College. (Photo credit: Kim Herbst)

A view of the new state-of-the art library facility at Scottsdale Community College. (Photo credit: Kim Herbst)

A state-of-the-art library is now open at Scottsdale Community College.

Students returning to campus for the fall semester will be among the first to use and experience the newly updated library, which provides 33,200-square-feet of modern space for students to study, relax, research and discover, according to a press release.

It opened this week just in time for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 22.

The massive, three-year makeover began in 2013. The library building is one of the school’s original structures, built in 1970. The updated library will offer the high-tech capabilities needed for today’s varied learning environments, along with a traditional offering of information and materials critical to academic success, school officials contend.

Among the highlights:

  • Two collaborative learning environment classrooms, featuring interactive whiteboards, 28 PCs, interactive touch TV displays and lecture-capture technology;
  • Ten study rooms, most of which feature media enhancements focused on today’s digital learning styles;
  • Writable tables with USB port-hubs to encourage collaborative learning;
  • A large Quiet Study Room accommodating numerous students at a time; and
  • A common area featuring 30 computers, a variety of seating options, copier/printing services, and a host of other services.

“This library is modern technology at its finest, with all the high-tech bells and whistles, but also the high-touch support from our wonderful librarians and library staff who are here to serve students and the community,” said SCC President Jan Gehler in a prepared statement.

“The renovation took longer than we had hoped, but it is most definitely worth the wait and is exactly what our students and our community deserve.”

Community members interested in visiting and using the library will be able to get a community borrower’s card to check out books. They also will have limited access to computers, the release states.

The library’s collection of print and electronic materials will feature the school’s specialties: Native Americans of the southwest, culinary arts, interior design, theatre and film. Students also will have access to a collection of bestselling books and feature films, noted Library Division Chair Danielle Carlock in the release.

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