New UH Research Library
by: Laurie Johnson, February 15, 2006 12:02:00 am
The M.D. Anderson Library is the third largest research library in the state. UH Dean of Libraries Dana Rooks says they added 170,000 square feet of space and more than doubled the number of student computers.
"We have around 13,000 people a day who came into the library. Prior to the construction we had a total of 800 seats for that population that came in every day. And so you would find students who were sitting on the floor, leaning against a column, against a wall. We needed space for increased computing. We had around 140 computers in our old facility, right now we have about 250."
The university invested $25 million in the expansion project and raised another $20 million through private donations. Rooks says the library is designed to accommodate student needs for private and group study as well as leisure reading and academic research.