Archives for January 2017

New Furniture!

The year was 1999, and the new Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center opened with modern architectural beauty, state-of-the art computer facilities, and fashionable furniture, including floral-patterned couches and lounge chairs.

Today, the Library’s building remains a crown jewel of the campus, but the couches…not so much.  Additionally, the computer needs of our student body today far exceed what was needed for the student enrollment of 1999.   That’s why, over the holiday break, we completed a $130,000 project to expand student access to computers and update the study and collaboration spaces throughout the Library.

Gone are floral-patterned couches and lounge chairs.  Gone, too, are many of our older computer desk chairs which had been in constant service for nearly twenty years.

On the second and third floors, you’ll find stylish comfortable seating and furniture designed for both group collaboration and solitary study.





We’ve also installed new chairs on the first floor near Popular Reading collection.


Additional chairs on the second and third floor contain USB and electrical outlet charging stations.


In the Music Lab, we replaced all of the computer chairs, providing a more comfortable, back-supporting study experience.


On the first floor, you will notice the 12 new computer carrels and printing station (computers coming soon!).

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Funding for this project was made the the Library Building Grant, which was established when the building was completed in 1999.

Like the new furniture?  Wondering how much loose change we found in the old couches?  Shoot us an email at  Also, stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter as we continue to update, renovate, and improve our spaces, our service, and our style.  Until next time, say a final farewell to the floral:

floral print from the old chair in Philippe's office