This August, when many members of the Washington University community are returning to campus, those who frequent the Kopolow Business Library in Simon Hall will find the space significantly refreshed, expanded, and modernized
Part of the Olin Business School’s major renovation of Simon Hall, the significant changes to the Business Library this summer will increase Kopolow’s current square footage by roughly 40 percent. The renewed space will feature new furniture, lighting, carpet, and paint, along with 13 new group-study rooms on the library's main level and a library instructional space on the mezzanine level.
“It’s going to be dramatically different,” says director Ron Allen, the Asa F. Seay Librarian. “When we reopen this August, the Business Library will be a larger, enhanced, more user-friendly space for our students and faculty. We’re really excited and eager for the fresh start looking ahead to this fall.”
Students will also find more seating—and more seating options—for both quiet and collaborative study, plus more places to plug in laptops and other devices.
The extensive renovation means the Kopolow Business Library will temporarily close this summer, beginning on Monday, May 12, 2014. But those on campus during the next few months will still have access to the library resources and library staff, who will temporarily call Bauer Hall 250 home beginning Tuesday, May 13. Located just across Mudd Field, the nearby Bauer space will keep course reserve materials, a Bloomberg computing terminal, research expertise, and several additional computers within easy reach of users.
The Business Library’s book collections will move to the West Campus Library on Saturday, May 10, and remain there until the library reopens in Simon Hall. While the West Campus stacks are not browsable, library users may still access Business Library materials by locating them in the online catalog and making a delivery request. Within a couple days of submitting such requests, users can pick the items up at the temporary library space in Bauer Hall or any Danforth Campus library (see map) of their choosing.
To return Business Library materials this summer, users may simply drop them off at any Danforth Campus library or book-return bin.
The newly renovated library in Simon Hall is scheduled to reopen the week of August 18, with an official opening day to be announced later this summer. For more information about the Kopolow Business Library renovation, contact Sarah Laaker, manager of user space planning and campus liaison, at email@example.com.