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Moffitt Library overhauled for education in the 21st century

Students sitting the Moffitt Library

Brittany Hosea-Small

UC Berkeley’s Moffitt Library now offers a unique studying experience after renovations in the fall semester revamped two floor to provide spaces for students to write on the walls, rearrange furniture, eat and drink, talk above a whisper and more.

Unlike traditional libraries, Moffitt no longer has shelves of books, which now are housed at the Main (Gardner) Stacks. Moffitt is now the only library on campus open for 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Donors helped fund the $15 million modernization project; the campus also performed significant maintenance work on the building’s infrastructure.

“I suspect Moffitt will become a hot spot throughout the year.”

Workspace at Moffitt is now 30 percent larger, says Elizabeth Dupuis, associate university librarian for educational initiatives and user services. “That’s an extra 600 seats — 300 more per floor… I suspect Moffitt will become a hot spot throughout the year.”

Students now encounter spaces that invite chatter and collaboration, including rooms that can be reserved. They can also borrow laptops, iPads, chargers and projectors at the technology lending desk, get walk-up help at the student technology help desk, and work on assignments with others in a studio that offers the latest conferencing tools.

A BearWALK escort will be stationed on the fourth floor from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. for students who would like a student community service officer to safely walk them to their near-campus destination.

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