Mr. Normand W. Bernier, Director General of Vanier College, is pleased to announce that the College is proceeding with a major renovation project for its Library starting this spring. The construction will involve complete renovations of the library’s 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. The project is expected to be completed by January 2017 and will cost more than $4 million.
“Vanier’s new Library/Learning Commons will offer state-of-the-art services for students. The physical transformation and new conceptual approach for the library will allow members of the Vanier community to benefit from a brand new educational space while also enhancing our already beautiful campus,” said Mr. Bernier.
The new facility will be based on the concept of a Learning Commons and will feature other services such as the Tutoring & Academic Success Centre – TASC and the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics – STEM Centre. Learning Commons, also known as information commons are educational spaces, similar to libraries that offer full-service learning, research, and project areas and include spaces for computer stations, tutoring, collaboration, research, project creation and meetings as well as reading and study areas.
The new Library/Learning Commons will feature an open concept with lounge chairs, sofas and cushioned tiered seating facilitating collaborative study while other areas for meeting together will be closed or set apart. The renovations will also include the creation of a STEM Centre for study and collaborative project work between science and technology students.
The renovations will also include new office space for library service technicians and professionals, an archive room, new resources, more computers and electrical outlets for students’ personal computers as well as seating for over 600 students for study and work.