Tran Library Update: New Study Rooms Now Available

Study Room Green ScreenThe first phase of transformative renovations to the Tim and Cathy Tran Library aimed at expanding learning resources and opportunities for students is nearly complete.

Twelve new group study rooms and a seminar room are available for use now on a first-come, first-serve basis. A reservation system will be implemented in Fall 2019 to allow students to schedule rooms for study and group meetings. Faculty and staff will also be able to reserve rooms, though first priority will be given to student use.

Crews also have completed the construction of a new interdisciplinary makerspace, which will be outfitted in the coming months and will officially open in Fall 2019.

The new makerspace, managed by the Berglund Center in partnership with the University Libraries, will complement existing specialized spaces and technology located throughout various academic departments on campus. The Berglund Center’s offices will move into the Tran Library and be located next to the makerspace on the second floor.

The makerspace will offer students from all colleges and disciplines the tools and support they need to apply what they learn to the creation of prototypes, models, publications, and other physical and digital products. Planned equipment anticipated will be added to the makerspace over the course of the next year includes:

  • Several 3D printers to allow the creation of prototypes using a wide variety of materials.
  • Equipment and tools to work with materials from the university's permanent art collection, archives, and museum, with emphasis on preparing displays or exhibitions of the materials.
  • 3D scanners to create models of 3D objects to assist with prototyping, digital exhibits and other projects, and a large 2D scanner to scan larger photographs and art pieces.
  • A laser cutter and engraver for precision cutting and engraving of wood, leather, fabric and many other materials.
  • Electronics circuit board printer
  • Book printing and binding equipment
  • Photography/videography equipment and a small whitebox photography room
  • Seminar room with Zoom teleconferencing capability for up to 14 individuals as well as Huddle Hub screen sharing. The room can be closed for private sessions, and opened to become part of the makerspace as needed for teaching and other activities.
  • A room with green screen capability for video-recording (located in the Tran Library East Wing)

These exciting additions to the Tran Library follow the successful relocation and opening of the Center for Learning and Student Success. Previously known as the Tutoring & Learning Center and located in Scott Hall, CLASS is located on the second floor and allows for individual and group tutoring, as well as guided study sessions.

Since opening in 2005, the Tran Library has been an academic and community hub for students, faculty, alumni and others. As the Pacific University Libraries’ services have evolved over the past 15 years, including the creation of the Center for Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation (CETCI) and the Pacific University Press, and the university's student enrollment and has grown significantly, it became clear the Libraries’ facilities needed to evolve as well.

The current renovations are intended to expand available study and collaborative space, as well as create new teaching space and support creative work across multiple disciplines.

Thursday, April 18, 2019