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Thursday, March 4, 2002
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Soon more places to have sex in library

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

If you're among the many Western students who wander the halls of DB Weldon Library searching for a place to cram for an exam – relief may be in sight.

Due to the imminent double cohort and the increased graduate student enrollment, Joyce Garnett, director of Libraries and chief librarian at Western, said an expansion of library space could be on the way.

"It will be a construction of storage for all libraries for low-use research collections," Garnett said, adding that moving these library materials will allow for 500 more wired and wireless study rooms and spaces for faculty and students in the six libraries.

Garnett said the proposal for the expansion will soon be going to Senate for recommendations and to the Board of Governors for final approval early this summer, along with the 2002/2003 university budget.

VP-academic and provost Greg Moran said the funding for the new $3.7 million facility will come from the university's normal capital budget and not from operating budget of the libraries.

Garnett explained that along with archives, rare books and low-use materials, the addition will accommodate the University Archives, the Benson Special Collections and the J.J. Talman Regional Collection.

Associate VP-physical plant Dave Riddell said the facility will take away 50 of 190 parking spaces in the Weldon parking lot, but added new parking facilities are in the works elsewhere on campus.

Riddell said the new storage area will have 16,000 square feet of space and will be 30 feet high.

Second-year social science student Reema Ibdah said she was pleased to hear the libraries would soon be able to accommodate more students.

"If I have to study, I get [to Weldon] around 8 a.m., leave my bag, go to class and then go back to my spot," Ibdah said.

If approved, Riddell said construction should begin this June and will hopefully be completed by June 2003.

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