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New study rooms allow quiet group gatherings

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Senior mechanical engineering major Darnell Cage uses the whiteboard wall in the new study rooms in the Engineering Library and Technical Commons. New study rooms in the quiet section of the library in Lafferre Hall were added in the fall.

Students looking for a quiet place to study in the Engineering Library and Technology Commons now have more options, especially when working in study groups. Five new rooms in the quiet section of the library were constructed last fall, and opened for use late last semester.

Marty Walker, MU Engineering’s director of administrative services, said there was a need for more study rooms in the library. Walker saw a benefit to creating new study areas in the library’s quiet section.

“We realized we could even have a window in each of the rooms,” he said.

Construction plans began rolling last spring. Walker worked with Surplus Property, within MU’s Procurement Services Department, to attain materials used to construct the rooms over an eight-week period in October and November. The project’s cost totaled about $26,000.

Students could sign up to use the new study rooms by the last week of November.  Head librarian Judy Maseles said once students discovered the rooms, they were filled within the first week.

“They were instantly popular,” she said.

Each study room contains a table and chairs, a whiteboard and a file cabinet. All of the rooms also have windows that look out onto Sixth Street. The rooms are painted with different colors, and one room, instead of a traditional, wall-mounted whiteboard, features a wall coated with an epoxy-type paint, turning that wall into a giant whiteboard.

In addition to student use, Maseles said the rooms may prove useful as companies and human resource officers come to MU Engineering to conduct interviews.



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