Thursday, July 24, 2014
It is like clockwork. Every morning at 7 a.m., tractor-trailers arrive from Wisconsin, filled with shelving. Each truck is unloaded in a few hours and the carriages moved into place. The installation crews assemble the bases and install the uprights.
Yep, just another summer day at the College of Charleston’s Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library.
Since the end of the school year, the library has been undergoing major renovations. When students come back in the fall, not only will they see more individual and group study spaces and a new Starbucks Coffee Shop, but they will also discover that the library will soon be the new home of the South Carolina Historical Society’s collection of exceptional rare materials.
There will be more seating too. More than 200 additional seats will be added to the 1,200 chairs already in the library.
Charging the laptop will be easier. There will be more than 100 power locations sprinkled around the library, so you will never have to worry about a tablet or cellphone dying.
Other changes include putting the entire book collection on the second floor, expanding the Special Collections Reading Room and expanding capacity for the library’s unique manuscript and rare book collections.
Most of the current renovations have been taking place on the second and third floors where the new mobile shelves are being installed. After the installation, workers will then spend many hours returning more than 750,000 books back on the new shelves.
The Addlestone Library opened to students on the first day of spring semester, Jan. 17, 2005. The building is three stories high and 145,000 square feet, approximately the size of three football fields stacked on top of each other.
The majority of these new library renovations should be completed by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.