Brett Hughes (3L)
The new Bora Laskin Library began its new life in Jackman Hall with a soft open on Tuesday, February 16, the beginning of reading week. Students flocked to the new space and racked up many Facebook likes for posting the first images of the new library. Then, after the first week sans Wi-Fi, and a weekend move for the librarians, the space officially opened on Monday, February 22. The event was marked with balloons, free pencils and candy, and some distinguished guests. Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada toured the building with Dean Ed Iacobucci and former Dean Mayo Moran (now Provost of Trinity College).
The administration has warned students to expect some noise from construction and ongoing “repatriation” of the library’s book collections over the next few weeks. Various student services, including the Financial Aid Office and Career Development Office, will be the next to move into the new space.
Features of the new library include: an expanded information commons with new computers; twelve group study rooms, up from four in the old library; a new Bluetooth-enabled scanner that will allow students to scan directly to their phone or laptop; a fireplace; more natural light; more space for books; and more space for studying.
Photos by Matt Howe (3L) and Brett Hughes (3L). See the full album on the UV Facebook page.