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Library closed for police drill

From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. today, Love Library was closed for the university’s annual summer emergency drill. Love Library floors 1-5 were the training grounds for SDSU Police and law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County to practice their response to a violent intruder incident. The exercise also included a test of SDSU’s emergency notification methods, including the SDSU Home page, Urgent page, Emergency Information Line, SDSU Alert (text messaging), and social media sites.

In the photo above, one of our security officers is stationed at the end of Donor Hall to redirect people wanting to access Love Library. The Library Addition was not used in the drill and was open throughout the morning.

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3rd floor lounge in Love Library
New furniture, fresh paint, more electrical outlets, and other amenities will make studying in the newly renovated 3rd floor study area in Love Library a better experience. The area is still food friendly and includes a couple of vending machines.3rd floor lounge in Love Library

Nice, huh?

What are you waiting for…grab your books and your laptop and pull up a chair!3rd floor lounge in Love Library

3rd floor study areaNow you see it…soon you won’t.

The renovation process has already begun in the 3rd floor study lounge. Cabinets of Government Publications materials have already been moved to Current Periodicals and Microforms Center. Plastic sheeting is being hung. Soon, the furniture will be removed, and the area will be closed to the public so the heavy-duty work can get underway.

We think you’ll be pleased with what you see when the area reopens around the end of April. The walls will be freshly painted, and new lighting and upgraded electrical amenities will have been installed (during spring break). You’ll find new tables, new seating, and new study carrels, as well as electronic recharging stations. The area will still be food friendly, so we’re installing paper towel and wet-wipe dispensers so you can help us to keep the area clean.

3rd floor study area

In the meantime, study space is available in Rooms 2203 and 108 (Library Addition and Donor Hall), the 24/7 Study Area, Library Addition basement, and the 5th floor of Love Library. In fact, comfortable chairs, carrels, and tables are scattered throughout Love Library.

Photos of the renovated study area will be posted when the work is finished. Let us know what you think!

Circulation desk decorated for Christmas
Rainy weather. Christmas lights and trees. Only a few industrious souls haunting the library now that fall semester has come to a close. It’s starting to look a lot like Winter Break.

The SDSU Library will be closed December 21-29 and again on January 1, 2014. Between semesters, we have abbreviated operating hours, so check our Hours page for opening and closing times. And have a wonderful Winter Break!

therapy dogThe SDSU Library is again offering extended space and hours during the peak study time this semester. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, the entire library dome area will be open 24 hours, offering additional space and time for students to prepare for finals. The 24/7 Study Area will continue to be open 24 hours during this period as well. For the safety of our students, a RED ID will be required for admittance after the main library closes. The expanded study space will end at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17.

This year, we’re throwing in some extras. Like biofeedback sessions. And stress management workshops. And an alpha chamber, which is an egg-shaped chair with built-in speakers and a TV that plays videos promoting growth and relaxation. We’ll also have someone here to teach meditation. Oh, and last but not least, THERAPY DOGS! There’s nothing like soft fur and sloppy kisses to melt away stress and fatigue. Keep an eye out for signs posted around the library and on our Website listing where and when these events/perks take place.

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For more than 20 years, the “Hanging Discus” sculpture in Love Library had been, well, hanging…silently…motionlessly…collecting dust. However, if you worked or attended school here in the 1970s or 1980s, you might remember that the sculpture actually moved. That’s right, some of the 17 aluminum discs that compose the sculpture rotate. And now they do again.

“Hanging Discus” was created by George Baker of Altadena, California. It was designed for Love Library and was installed in the central staircase in November 1973. The sculpture hangs 50 feet down the stairwell, and some of its discs are 8 feet in diameter. A single motor mounted above spins the main shaft,discus5 while various discs mounted on ball bearings are free to spin independently.

Thanks to some recent repair work, the sculpture moves again! “Hanging Discus” does its thing between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Watch a short video of it in action on the library’s Facebook page.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wondering what’s going on behind the fluttering green curtain and chain-link fence occupying the center of Centennial Walkway on the west side of Love Library. Curiosity got the best of me today, so—with camera and ladder in hand—I found out!

construction outside Love Library

The very non-exciting answer to my quest is, they’re repairing a steam tunnel.

New Media room

Can you picture yourself and your friends using this to create presentations?

Picture this…pretty soon you can!

Demonstrations of the newly updated media rooms will be held in the library’s Media Center on Wednesday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Room 63 in the Media Center underwent upgrades and the addition of other amenities over the summer. It now contains a MediaScape system and an in-room camera/audio system for recording personal presentations.

Media group study room

Three additional rooms in the Media Center also have been outfitted as large-screen group study rooms. During the demonstrations, Michael Lapins, Media Center supervisor, will speak about some of the upcoming changes, such as new equipment loan rules and cables and adaptors for use by students with their mobile devices and Media Center equipment. Michael also will discuss how the Media Center is evolving to serve students’ technical needs.

In case you’ve never visited the Media Center, it’s in the basement of the Library Addition near the Laptop Lounge. While you’re there, take a look at the many movies and CDs you can checkout. The Media Center also loans Nooks and video cameras.

Big City Bagel/Peabody's CoffeeGood news, java junkies and frappuccino fans! Big City Bagel/Peabody’s Coffee is now open for business in the SDSU Library’s 24/7 Study Area! They’re serving hot and cold coffee drinks, tea, sandwiches, pastries, and other snacks. For now, the hours are:

Monday—Thursday: 7a.m.–11 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday: noon–11 p.m.

Big City Bagel/Peabody's Coffee

Please remember that coffee and food cannot be consumed while using library computers.

Coffee Cup graphicIt’s no longer a secret…soon, the rich, aromatic scent of fresh-brewed coffee will be wafting throughout the library’s 24/7 Study Area. Beginning November 21, Peabody’s will be serving piping hot java and sweet snacks from a cart located outside the 24/7’s storage closet. (Coffee and food cannot be consumed while using library computers, though!)

However, in order to have the perks of an in-house coffee shop, things are going to have to get messy for a while. Plumbing needs to be installed, and since we’re tearing up the floor and working on the plumbing anyway, we’re planning to update the restrooms in the 24/7 Study Area by installing new automated air hand dryers and faucets.

Beginning on Monday, October 15, the restrooms will be closed for two weeks. If you’re studying in the 24/7 Study after the rest of the library has closed, you’ll need to wait for a security guard to escort you to the 1st floor restroom.

During construction for the coffee cart, only the area outside of the storage closet will be closed. The remainder of the 24/7 Study Area will be open, except for the scheduled restroom closures.