Mills Learning Commons
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) has now been installed on all remaining computers on the 2nd floor of Mills. There are now 77 public stations in Mills with MS Office.
Look for the Microsoft available here stickers on computers, or ask at any help desk for more information.
- the construction crew has completed approximately 80% of the wall studding and 10% of the drywalling
Electrical and data
Electrical and data
- most of the electrical work is now complete [except for areas around the service desk and the Tower Entrance security gates]. The crew began pulling the cable for data on Thursday.
- Approximately half of the walls have been erected, and the crew has started drywalling. Work has begun on the office of the Coordinator, Library Services for Students with Disabilities and in the Telecommunications Room.
Stairs between McLay and third floor
- The stairs have now been fully removed. The metal frame had to be cut into eight pieces to get it out of the building!
- Core drilling is now 98% complete. The final few holes will be completed during a later phase of the project
Stairs between McLay and 3rd floor
- The door at the top of the stairs has been replaced with a window frame. The actual steps have been removed from the stairs. The stair frame will be removed early next week.
- Work continues at a fast pace on the ceiling in the Map Collection.
New Photo Gallery
- Visit the new Learning Commons images gallery! The site features floor plans and architect's perspectives (produced by LanHack Rankin Engineers & Archictect), some excellent before shots, photos from the staff kickoff party and photos of the construction site. Check this part of the images site for weekly photo updates!
- Great progress has been made on demolition and core drilling is 90% complete. Metal frames and walls will start to go up.
- Hoarding went up around the entrance to the McLay Reading Room and demolition is well underway
- Construction crews will begin core drilling through the floor of McLay; holes will be used to run electricity and Internet connectivity
- A Learning Commons News board has been mounted in the Mills Lobby. Watch for a similar notice board to be mounted on the hoarding outside McLay
- construction equipment & supplies will be moved in
- carpets will be removed from McLay
- hoarding will go up around construction area
Construction of the new Mills Learning Commons begins on April 28! Over the next few months you'll see lots of changes. We'll do our best to let you know what to expect each week; updates will be posted on signs in Mills, on our blog and on the Mills Learning Commons website. Here's what's happening in the next week:
April 21: Library Services for Students with Disabilities will be temporarily relocated to L114. Computers with Adaptive software will be moved to the first floor, near the Wong E-Classroom.
April 24: The McLay Reading Room (the large study room on the 2nd floor) will be closed for construction until the fall. Look for new furnishings, comfortable chairs, computer stations, laptop zones and enhanced spaces for Writing Clinic, research consultations and other Learning Commons services in this area come September!
April 28: The Map Collection will be closed to the public for approximately 6 weeks. Staff will be relocated to the Wong E-Classroom for this period, and will be able to retrieve materials for patrons once a day.
Thanks for your patience!
Tell us what you think about the new chairs being considered for purchase for the Mills Learning Commons. Seven chairs will be available for test sitting in the Mills Lobby:
- Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Thursday, April 13, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Library staff will be available to hear your comments and take down your votes for the best seat in the house.
UPDATE: The results are in!