Answered By: Kristen Shuyler
Last Updated: Nov 07, 2022     Views: 41

Yes! Our architects have designed a beautiful, book-filled library offering our collections in public spaces, reading rooms, and featured displays. Of course, like other libraries, the new Carrier Library will provide for multiple uses of its space, including studying, collaboration, teaching, research, reading, attending events, staffing the library, and browsing books. We worked closely with architects to plan a new building that would provide the range of spaces necessary to meet the needs of our campus and community. We also planned for a library system that will meet changing needs for decades to come. Specifically, our plan provides room for our physical collections to grow, especially in the arts, humanities, and literature. 

As part of the renovation and expansion of Carrier Library, and considering trends in consortial sharing of print collections and ebook acquisitions, there will be a small reduction in the shelving capacity for general collections in Carrier. However, the renovation radically increases our shelving space for Special Collections—which provides rare and unique materials that are distinctive to JMU and the Shenandoah Valley. 

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