Monday, December 12, 2005

Crouch Library background

The Crouch Fine Arts Library (CFAL) is located on the 3rd floor of Moody Memorial Library, the central libraries building, which was built in 1968. At that time, the Crouch Music Library was located on the west side of the floor and held the music reference, score, and recording collection. This area also housed listening carrels that were connected to an intricate system of about fifty open reel decks that were operated remotely when clients selected that channel. At that time, listening materials were available for use in the library only.

Today, CFAL has more than doubled it space and its collections and services are greatly expanded, now encompassing most of the east side of the 3rd floor as well. The east side houses all of the circulating print collections (including scores, music and art books), periodical collections, processing center (for print processing and media reformatting), staff offices, and a seminar room. The original Crouch Library, now houses, the main service desk, all media collections (open and closed stacks), music and art reference collections, 12 station computer lab, listening/view stations, graduate study carrels, staff offices, and a seminar room.

After nearly forty years, it's time for an overhaul! Thanks to the diligent work of the Library Advancement Office, the original part of the Crouch Library is undergoing renovation. Scheduled to take place between the Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 semesters, the renovation will include:

new state of the art media stations,
new location for media stations and reference collections,
new group seating,
new flooring throughout most of the public areas,
new paint, and
refurbished old service desk


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