By Brooke Criswell, Contributor
In the Criss Library’s mission statement, one will find that its main purpose is to create physical and virtual environments which foster the university’s goals for teaching, learning and research.
To fulfill the library’s expectations to all students, renovations were made. It all started on June 23. There are three floors to the library, but only two are going through construction.
“There is a need for expanded space for new and evolving services and collections,” said Amy Schindler, Archive and Special Collections Director.
There will be three new space patrons; the archives/special collections on the first floor are being updated, the creative production is getting extended and a new classroom will open. The new classroom will be a Mac lab as well as theater-like viewing experience for classes. Reading rooms and work spaces are being expanded on the first floor.
Although there is construction going on, the library is still open.
“I think the most inconvenient thing about the construction project has probably been the intermittent noise that comes along with putting up walls and such early on in the project,” Schindler said.
“The library was prepared for the noise though, and we have earplugs available at the service desk if it gets too loud for anyone.”
The process should be ending in mid-September. The library is a great place to access the Mac lab, check out laptops for up to three hours and Kindles and iPads for up to two weeks. The library is open on Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight; Fridays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to midnight.
The Criss Library has come a long ways since the University of Nebraska at Omaha opened in 1908. There wasn’t even a library at the university until 1912.
Now, the library is home to 700,000 books; 2,300 print; 45,000 electronic subscriptions; and 3,000 databases.
The library also has a cafe featuring Starbucks to get your favorite latte or cappuccino drink, or students can enjoy salads, soups, wraps and sandwiches. This cafe is located on the North side of the library.