‘I really, really love it’: New renovations provide modern library for students

Hale Library opened the second, third and fourth floor on Feb. 15. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The long-awaited second, third and fourth floor of Hale Library opened on Monday, Feb. 15. Some students fought the cold to check out the improvements and begin studying on the upper floors once again.

“Now that all four floors are open, I am here at least once or twice a week,” Miranda Hill, sophomore in animal science, said.

Some students enjoy the renovations and modern look.

“I came here once before the renovations were done, and after seeing how the renovations are, I really, really love it,” Alex Anderson, junior in management information systems and mathematics, said.

Ashlyn Kullberg, senior in English literature, said the library is nicer, open and bright.

“It’s more open, there are areas for students to spread out and study or collaborate,” Lisa Loberg, library specialist, said.

“I think they did a good job trying to improve and step up into the future,” Hill said.

While Hale’s new look is more modern, some old looks remain including the limestone and marble throughout the library.

“It’s been good that they have been able to retain the Great Room, also the limestone and portions of the library marble from the original building. It’s a good mix,” Loberg said.

Some students take advantage of the new study rooms.

“The study rooms are awesome because it is really annoying when you come to the library to get your homework done and it’s so loud that you can’t hear yourself think,” Kullberg said. “It is nice that there are places where people can talk because sometimes you do want to do that, too.”

Another improvement students enjoy is the first-floor entrance.

“The best part of the renovation, I think, is that through the first-floor entrance, you can actually get to the first floor,” Kullberg said.

Kullberg said sitting near the windows gives a great view of campus.

“You can forget that this campus is pretty big when you just stay in one corner of it the whole time,” Kullberg said.