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University to create computer and data science hub in John Crerar Library

Exterior view of the John Crerar Library building renovations

Exterior view of the John Crerar Library building renovations. (Illustration by Jennifer Fifield)

Renovations beginning this spring will provide a vibrant new home in the John Crerar Library building for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute. Included as well are renovated library spaces to provide a range of research services for faculty and students on campus. Combined, these efforts will transform the building into an exciting campus hub for collaboration, instruction, research and support, especially around computing and data science.

The work on the building’s top two floors, which began in March, will create a state-of-the-art academic space including closed and open offices, conference rooms, spaces for experimental research, graduate student offices and a large gathering area for departmental seminars, workshops and distinguished speaker lectures. The design creates an interactive environment to support the collaborative integration of the Department of Computer Science with the Computation Institute and anticipates the changing needs of the department. Windows will be added to the building’s façade on the top floor and skylights to the roof in order to allow natural light into the deep floor plan.

On the first floor, the Computer Science Instructional Laboratory will be expanded to accommodate growing student interest and demand for Computer Science course offerings.

Crerar 1st floor rendering

Renovations to the building’s first floor will add a new services desk and a café. (Illustration by Jennifer Fifield)

“We are building a modern space that invites and fosters collaboration,” said Michael Franklin, the Liew Family Chair of Computer Science. “Computing is increasingly impacting all aspects of our lives, and data science is becoming central to a growing number of disciplines. These new spaces will attract people to build a community around these crucial technologies.”

The first floor will continue to serve users of the John Crerar Library. A new services desk in the lobby will be a gateway to library research services and the collections remaining in the building. A café will be built as part of the renovated lobby to provide an energizing place for informal interactions. These alterations, together with collaborative spaces and teaching/seminar spaces, will make the first floor a focal point for faculty and students across the University interested in learning, experimenting and working with new software, technologies, and programs around data science such as geographic information systems or GIS; collaborating on innovative and emerging programs around data-driven discovery and digital media; and accessing information and research resources.

“The library’s newly renovated spaces will allow us to continue providing excellent services and be a leader in new, innovative programs around data science and data-driven discovery that will support faculty and students across the campus.” said Brenda Johnson, Library Director and University Librarian.

Rendering of Crerar renovations

Renovations in the Crerar Library building will create a state-of-the-art academic space for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute. (Illustration by Jennifer Fifield)

The library collections remaining in Crerar are located in high-density compact shelving on the lower level. Adjacent to the collections, in an area that receives natural light, a newly renovated space for quiet study, as well as group study rooms, will be created as part of the building project. Materials that have been relocated out of the building will continue to be available through the request feature in the Library’s online catalog.

The Department of Computer Science currently resides in the Ryerson Physical Laboratory building, and the Computation Institute is located in the Searle Chemistry Laboratory building. The scope of computing research and collaboration across campus has outgrown both spaces. The new Crerar project will help fulfill the University’s ambition of expanding and enhancing the Computer Science Department and creating opportunities for new and creative ways to engage and foster collaboration across different fields of research.

“We’ve planned this adaptive reuse project so that the entire campus can benefit from the changes at the Crerar Library,” said Executive Vice Provost Sian Beilock. “The renovation will help create inviting spaces and new opportunities for accessing and understanding information that bring students, faculty and staff together.”

A University of Chicago news release

Crerar’s 2nd and 3rd floors close for renovations

Starting Monday, March 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of Crerar Library will be inaccessible to Library users due to the start of renovations. Group study rooms will be unavailable, and study areas will be limited to the 1st floor and Crerar lounge. Both of these areas are collaborative zones. Quiet study at Crerar will resume when construction of a new lower level study space is completed.

Books and journals in Crerar are located on the lower level in compact shelving, with a selected reference and unbound journal collection on the 1st floor.  Additional science books and journals are located in the Mansueto Library.  Please check the Library Catalog for more information about specific items.

If you have any questions about finding material in the collection or the renovations, please contact Crerar Circulation or Director of the Science Libraries Barbara Kern (bkern@uchicago.edu).

Mansueto Library 360° video

Explore the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, get a robot’s-eye view of the automated storage and retrieval system, and see preservation experts at work in the conservation and digitization laboratories in this 360° video.

How to view 360° videos

On desktop computers, use a web browser compatible with 360° playback (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera). Click and drag the mouse to adjust the frame. Set the video quality to 2160S (4K) for an optimal viewing experience.

On mobile devices, install the YouTube app, and visit https://youtu.be/fV6CAJsqWLA. Either tap and drag your finger to adjust the frame, or move the full device around with your hands.

About the Mansueto Library

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library opened at the heart of the University of Chicago campus in 2011. It features a soaring elliptical glass dome capping a 180-seat Grand Reading Room, state-of-the-art conservation and digitization laboratories, and an underground high-density automated storage and retrieval system.

Learn more at mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu.

Take a virtual tour of Regenstein Library

Regenstein Library is a memorable part of the University of Chicago experience. Affectionately referred to as “the Reg,” the University’s largest library is a hub for students, faculty, and staff. The Library invites you to learn more about this unique building in a virtual tour.

The Reg’s brutalist architecture distinguishes it from the Gothic spires of the University’s first buildings. But don’t let the grey limestone exterior fool you; inside the Reg is a dynamic mixed-use space with a collaborative, open study floor; massive, quiet bookstacks; and innovative technology studios.

In the virtual tour, you can visit the Library and explore spaces such as the Special Collections Research Center and the newly redesigned A Level, as well as the Mansueto Library, which is connected to Regenstein by a glass bridge. The video also shows users how to find and borrow a book, get software and research assistance, and reserve a group study room.

If you have any questions about the Library, its services, or its spaces please Ask a Librarian.

Map Collection extends hours, GIS assistance

The Regenstein Library Map Collection has extended its hours Monday through Thursday: now opening at 10 a.m.

In addition to regular Map Collection use, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the academic quarter, GIS Resident Librarian Taylor Hixson will offer walk-in GIS assistance to patrons.

Taylor can assist walk-in patrons by:

  • identifying spatial data resources
  • helping organize, format, and join spatial datasets
  • finding journal articles, books, and other research about GIS
  • providing basic instruction for desktop GIS and web mapping tools
  • consulting with patrons about planning and managing spatial data research
  • linking patrons with advanced spatial analysis and computing centers at the university

Taylor is also available for scheduled GIS consultations in Crerar Library. To schedule a GIS consultation, e-mail her at taylorhixson@uchicago.edu.

The Map Collection is located on the third floor of Regenstein Library, and during the academic quarters its hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 12 -5 p.m.  Hours during interims are Monday-Friday 12-5 p.m.

New collaborative learning center opens on Regenstein Library A Level

Over the summer, the Regenstein Library A Level was transformed into an inviting and attractive collaborative learning environment where students, faculty, academic technologists, and librarians can interact.  The space is now open for use.

Welcome to collaborative learning centerAn open group work area was created in the center of the room.  Around this central zone, 10 new collaboration rooms have been constructed.  Their walls are covered in clear dry erase paint and can be used as whiteboards.  These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and allow four to six people to work together comfortably.

A new terrazzo floor with café-style seating has been added along the glass wall on the north side of the A Level.  This space provides users with inspiring views of the Block Garden, which was redesigned this summer.

A new vending machine is stocked with supplies such as headphones, dry erase markers, pens, post-it notes, and mini-staplers.  A beverage vending machine has also been added.  A multifunction device for copying, printing, and scanning is available.

An easy-to-operate “one button” video production studio, which will enable users to create video essays and rehearse presentations, is scheduled to be installed by the close of October.

Later this quarter, a 27-foot bar-height table equipped with convenient access to duplex power outlets will be installed just beyond the entry.  Over the December interim, additional improvements will be made to the A Level.  Seven hanging whiteboards with adjacent power outlets will be installed in the central open work zone.  Sixty lockers, which will be available for daily rental, will also be installed in one of the small rooms along the west wall.

The final phase of this project, which has yet to be scheduled, will focus on the easternmost section of the floor.  Tentative plans include a 36-person active learning classroom and a technology zone.

Using Crerar Library during Fall Quarter

Plans are currently under development to modify the use of space within the John Crerar Library. Following renovations, the first and lower floors will be comprised of critical library space with associated research support services and selected collections, public and study spaces, and teaching/seminar spaces. These floors will also serve as a home for innovative programs around data science and data-driven discovery that will support faculty and students across the University. The upper floors of Crerar will provide space for the Department of Computer Science and associated programs.

The John Crerar LibraryPreparations for these renovations are now underway, and access to the upper two floors and the lower level of Crerar Library will be limited at various times during Fall and Winter Quarters.

During these times, the first floor of Crerar Library will remain open and library services will be available. The Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) on Crerar’s 1st Floor will remain available to users during this time.

As part of the renovation, selected materials from the collections are being temporarily moved to the Mansueto Library until a suitable long-term location is identified. The movement of materials will continue into the Winter Quarter. Materials that remain in Crerar will be located on the lower level. The moving of collections is taking place Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will produce some noise. The lower level stacks area will not be open to users during this time.  Signage in the building will notify users of spaces that are closed.

During this time, if you are unable to locate or access material in the collections that you are interested in, please consult with Crerar staff for assistance.  If the item is temporarily unavailable, Library staff will automatically request a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. Material that has been relocated to Mansueto can be requested through a link in the Library Catalog just like any other Mansueto material.

In the coming months the University will be completing plans for the John Crerar Library and the Department of Computer Science, and we look forward to sharing those details when they are available.

Jean Block Garden renovation at Regenstein

In conjunction with the Regenstein A Level project, the Jean Block Garden, located on the north side of Regenstein Library, will undergo a garden renovation project beginning Friday, August 5.  The work schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with planned completion in 6 business days, dependent upon the weather.

The renovation includes the removal of yews in the southwest corner of the garden as well as the removal of the existing gravel pathway and the steel edging.  Existing perennials around the removed yews will be transplanted within the garden.  New planting bed lines will also be created and sod will be installed.

Viewed from the 72-foot glass wall on the north side of the A Level, the renovated Block Garden will provide students and faculty working in the collaborative learning center with inspiring garden views.

Jean Block Garden 2016 Renovation

 

Regenstein A Level closed June 13 to Sept. 9 to create a collaborative learning center

Work continues this summer on a three-phase project to transform the Regenstein A Level Reading Room into an inviting and attractive collaborative learning center where students, faculty, academic technologists, and librarians can interact. Library and IT Services staff have worked with Woodhouse Tinucci Architects to create a design that will transform the floor into a vibrant laboratory of interactive learning.

From June 13 until September 9, the A Level Reading Room will be closed for phase two renovations. At the center of the floor, a broad, open area will be created, where groups can work at whiteboard panels suspended from the ceiling. Around this central zone, 10 new collaboration nooks lined with whiteboards will be built to allow four to six people to work together comfortably. Video monitors will be available in some nooks.

Last fall, during the first phase of the project, a 72-foot glass wall was installed, bringing daylight deep inside the room and providing a view of the Jean Block Garden. This summer, a new terrazzo floor and café tables will be added along the glass.

An easy-to-operate “one button” video production studio will also be added this summer, enabling students to create video essays and rehearse presentations.

In the final phase of the project, tentatively planned for summer 2017, contractors will create a 36-person active learning classroom and a technology zone, including studio space for creating web tutorials, producing webinars, and delivering online instruction.

During construction, crews will be working weekdays until approximately 4 p.m. The Library apologizes for the noise and inconvenience caused by this work.

A Level rendering

A Level rendering (courtesy of Woodhouse Tinucci)

Recordings Collection now in Mansueto

The Recordings Collection, formerly located in Regenstein Room 360, has been relocated to the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.

The Collection is now accessible all of the hours that Mansueto is open (107½ hours per week during the academic quarter), compared to the 36 hours per week the collection was formerly accessible in Regenstein Room 360.

In addition to providing longer service hours, the new location allows items in the collection to be requested at any time and from any place with an internet connection via the Library Catalog.  Material will be available for pick up within 15 minutes of the request during the open hours of Mansueto Circulation.  See “How do I request items from Mansueto?” for more information.

For users who wish to listen to recordings on site, one of the glass research cubicles in Mansueto has been converted into a listening station equipped with a CD player, turntable, cassette player and headphones. Users may request access to this new listening station at Mansueto Circulation.

For more information about the Recordings Collection, please contact Scott Landvatter, the Bibliographer for Music.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click "Request from Mansueto Library" to retrieve.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click “Request from Mansueto Library” to begin retrieval process.