Natalie Kfoury – Co-Editor-in-Chief
This year, I started valuing and using the library to get my work done. The BrennanLibrary is a quiet place to do work. However, despite the positives I cannot help but wonder why Lasell’s library seems a bit unimpressive and think it could use renovations and a modern redesign.
A library reflects a college’s dedication to academics. Prospective students and parents like to see a space that is modern, technologically efficient, and shows off the college’s academic integrity. The Brennan Library does not properly showcase academic devotion.
Lasell’s library is outdated because of the prominence of bookshelves. The majority of students don’t go to shelves frequently to take out books. Rather, the majority of students do most, if not all, of their research online. Why is the library filled with two floors of bookshelves? Couldn’t this space be better suited for more computer stations, reading and working desks, study rooms, and areas for students to meet comfortably for group projects?
While the magazine and article archive is helpful, many books are outdated and useless when students could do research online with updated sources. Consolidating the library’s many books and shelves would clear up space.
A more comfortable, modern library would make students more likely to use it. With more students using the library comes a need for longer library hours. It would be impractical to keep the library staffed 24/7, but it is inconvenient that the library closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The space should be open until midnight on these nights, as it is on other days. Students need a space to get group projects done and weekends are the ideal time to work on these projects.
Redesigning the Brennan Library would be an expensive endeavor. However, this project must be a priority in the near future. If the college wants students to do their best, then it should give students the best.