New School of Engineering Commons Building/Engineering Library Coming
by Helen Josephine
Construction is underway on the second building of the new School of Engineering Quad (SEQ2), which will be the new home of the Engineering Library. The library will be part of the School of Engineering Commons Building created to be a "hub" for the School. The Commons building will house the Dean's Office, conference rooms, a cafˇ, open exhibit space, the School for Professional Development, student lab space and the new Engineering Library.
A dramatic four-level octagon will extend from the engineering center's main building into the SEQ2 courtyard, which will feature a fountain, seating, and landscaped terraces, providing entrances to the first floor of the engineering center and also descending by way of a sloped grand terrace to the building's underground level. Together, these indoor and outdoor spaces create a split-level "engineering commons," which constitutes a portal to the entire SEQ2, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The new library will occupy the second floor of the octagon with an open floor plan to take advantage of the natural light and views of the campus. Library space and services are designed to foster collaboration among students and faculty, and to support discovery and retrieval of print and digital information resources resident in the library and on the Stanford campus.
The New Library Space and Services
- 6,000 square feet with individual study carrels, soft seating areas, group study areas, digital display wall, hands-on widget bar, and wireless access throughout.
- 12,000 print books + 40,000 e-books from Elsevier, Springer, Oxford, Wiley, National Academies Press.
- E-reference handbooks and encyclopedias from Knovel, Wiley, Elsevier, CRC Press and web tools from eFunda.
- 12,000 e-journal subscriptions plus backfiles to Vol. 1.
- Integration of e-books and journal articles into Coursework sites or class Web sites. See also CourseWork Adds Librarian Role to Help Link E-books to Course Sites in this issue.
- Access to digital collections from professional societies:
AIAA, ASM, ASTM, HFES, ICE, IEEE, IWA, MRS, SPIE and cross-discipline searching with Scitopia.org
- 5 subject specialist librarians assigned as department liaisons.
Project Time Line
- January 2008: Site preparation and demolition of HEPL
- Spring 2008: Construction starts
- Spring 2010: Construction complete
- Summer 2010: Move to new library
For more information about the new library, see the Future Library section on the Engineering Library home page.