First Floor Student Learning Space

The popularity of the John Grant Crabbe Main Library—the annual gate count recently exceeded 600,000—often results in our most desirable Library spaces being at capacity. This quandary inspired a creative vision for the Main Library’s first floor, increasing the amount of usable space available to students. This floor was formerly home to the bound journals, which were strategically deselected and relocated, leaving 11,000 square feet for collaborative student spaces

Thanks to the support of Friends of EKU Libraries and the Office of the Provost, the first floor now features ten study rooms; modern moveable furniture, offering ultimate flexibility; and other high-demand tools, like mobile whiteboards.  Additional support is needed for the addition of student learning technologies to the space.

Opening the highly popular Silent Study Zone on the fourth floor in 2014 gave students a quiet place to concentrate without distraction; the first floor gives students a much-needed creative space for collaborative success. 

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