New library space at LRC expands study areas

by | Nov 13, 2015 | Life

Krystal Mohan
Life Reporter 

The library in Humber’s Learning Resource Commons opened this past spring and offers students a better studying experience than the former facility, including more private study space, and a beautiful view.

“I think [the LRC] is very nice. I love the view, and it lets me work while still having a very nice outlook,” said Maria Arenas, 21, a Humber liberal arts and science student. “I think there are a lot more study rooms and resources, and any little thing we might have a problem with, there’s somebody there to help.”

The library occupies both the third and fourth floor of the North campus LRC, providing nearly 200 computers to students, a 200,000-volume book and DVD collection, and nearly 30 group study rooms.

“The library is much bigger and better here for sure,” said Aliya Delfin, a Humber librarian for Liberal Arts and Science. “We have 28 study rooms between the Learning Commons and the library, and we had only nine in the last building. So study space wise, we have so much more than we ever had.”

The library’s hours of operation are perfect for students with morning classes during the week, and even for non-students like Kiran Jit, a 27-year-old member of the community who enjoys reading on weekends.

“I like coming to the library here. The view helps me somehow focus more on whatever I’m doing,” she said.

The library now has plenty of room for students who prefer to work from their laptops, something the previous library did not provide much of. The one concern is the great numbers of students flocking to the library, so it can get busy pretty fast.

“There are more electrical outlets for laptops, more tables, things like that,” said Delfin. “Issues-wise though, because this is such a beautiful bright space that even though we have three times the space that we had before, it’s packed. There are just so many students who want to study in here as opposed to everywhere else on campus.”

The building operates Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There are computers situated within the library’s book aisles for quick inventory searches, and the new shelving is user-friendly for students.

“I think everyone really likes the compact shelving because it’s high-tech and fun to use,” said Delfin. “During the time that we moved, we got to do a little bit of weeding and got out a lot of the books that were too dated to be carried. So I think that our collection is a lot stronger now.”

“There are more books and they’re all on one floor, so it’s very easy to find what you’re looking for,” said Gajin Lee, a 33-year-old Humber Baking and Pastry Arts student.