Renovations underway on Library’s graduate study space

Ben Sylvester is looking forward to new Library space for graduate students.

Ben Sylvester is looking forward to new Library space for graduate students.

Brock’s graduate students will soon have a space to call their own in the James A. Gibson Library.

Construction began during Reading Week to transform the west side of the Library’s sixth floor into a vibrant research and study space for graduate students. The new section, scheduled to open in the spring, is designed to meet the needs of graduate students. It will be an enclosed, dedicated space accessible only by card swipe.

Consultations with graduate students were held last summer to better understand what the Library could offer to graduate students across the disciplines in terms of space and resources.

“When planning the space, we sought feedback about the existing graduate spaces across campus and to help determine how we could best support graduate students,” said Margaret Grove, University Librarian. “Without exception, the students we met with confirmed that this would be an important initiative for current and future graduate students.”

“This will be a wonderful new space for graduate students,” said Marilyn Rose, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “The design is based on close consultation with our students and will provide both quiet space for independent work and dedicated space for group and collaborative activities. I see it as a real magnet for the graduate community and one that will be much appreciated by our students.”

Ben Sylvester, a graduate student in Applied Health Sciences and one of the students who participated in the Library’s focus groups, is pleased to see the new space being built.

“It will provide much-needed space for students who are undertaking graduate-level work.”

Features of the new space:

  • 22 large study carrels
  • two computer workstations
  • 38 bookable lockers nearby for storage
  • two lounge chairs
  • bookable meeting/presentation/group space for up to 10 students

For more information about the construction project, visit the Library site or contact Deb Kalvee (, Associate University Librarian, Services and Facilities.

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