Transform the Learning Environment
“A great library is a commitment to our students” – President Tom Kazee
You can make our library a vital center for learning.
Today’s libraries serve a number of key functions, in addition to their traditional role of housing printed material.
- It needs to be a focus for collaboration. Today learning involves team oriented collaborative work, and dedicated space for that type of learning is vital and critical to student success.
- There is also a need for individual contemplative space – not the long library table of the past – but a variety of spaces to suit individual needs and learning styles.
- Libraries need to provide a home for services such as writing, communication, tutoring centers and other specialty areas.
- Libraries must continue to provide both traditional research and technical services, with the latest in computer technology and support services.
- A great library can also reinforce the University brand and thereby help attract and retain students.
For all of these reasons the University of Evansville has decided that it is time to refresh and update the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library.
We want to:
- Create a common area that will be the heart and soul of the library. It will blend computer technology services and classical library reference and research and be a hub for students to gather, exchange ideas, collaborate and utilize multiple technologies.
- It will also have space for individual contemplative use, where a student can read, think and create.
- And we will directly connect the Library with glass and entry to the campus, lawn and Ridgway University Center by removing a solid wall and making that wall a window. It will fill the commons with light and energy.
Open, airy lobby entrance
|$500,000||Nick ’70 and JoAnne ’71 Rutigliano|
Complete ground floor learning environment
|$1,000,000||Paul ’71 and Patricia ’72 Jones|
|Interactive Learning Area I||$100,000||Melvin Peterson H’91|
|Interactive Learning Area II||$50,000||Art and Anne ’80 Wilmes|
|Interactive Learning Area III||$100,000|
|Interactive Learning Area IV||$100,000|
|Interactive Learning Area V||$50,000|
|Interactive Learning Area VI||$100,000|
|Movable seating with state of the art technology available to optimize student group work and study|
|Collaboration Unit I||$50,000||John ’63 and Gerry Varner|
|Collaboration Unit II||$50,000|
|Collaboration Unit III||$50,000|
|Collaboration Unit IV||$50,000|
|Collaboration Unit V||$50,000|
|Semi-private group work spaces|
Point of service for all guests and users of the library
|$75,000||Larry ’67 M’72 and DiAnne Kremer|
|Wall Art Display||$25,000||Virginia Schroeder H’92|
|Wall Art Display||$25,000||Randy and Cheryl Alsman|
|Wall Art Display||$25,000||Carolyn Ostrom|
|Wall Art Display||$25,000||Larry ’66 and Sara Arnold|
|Display used to stimulate creativity and learning|
|Second Floor Casual Study Gallery
Variety of seating to accommodate individual or group study
|$250,000||M. Stephen ‘70 and Shelly Harkness|
|Third Floor Large Study Alcoves|
|Gathering spaces for group project work|
|Third Floor Small Study Nooks|
|Nook II||$25,000||Jim ’61 and June ‘61 Schwengel|
|Nook III||$25,000||Nelson ’70 M’73 and Carolyn Johnson|
|Private rooms to accommodate meetings and group study|
|Fourth Floor Study Space|
|Group Study Area I||$50,000|
|Group Study Area II||$35,000|
|Group Study Area III||$35,000||R.O. Clutter|
|Group Study Area IV||$35,000||Wayne A. Davidson ‘56|
|Group Study Area V||$35,000||Cecila Hovda Klamer ‘38|
|Group Study Area VI||$35,000|
|Group Study Area VII||$50,000||William L. Ridgway Faculty Reading Room|
|Group Study Area VIII||$35,000|
|Classroom 420||$100,000||Class of 1956 Seminar Room|
|Group Study Room 460||$50,000||Major General Verna Fairchild ‘72|
|Private and open areas for group study.|