New in the Birnbaum Library

Over the summer, the Birnbaum Library underwent the following renovations:

The Collaboration Theatre moved to a new location at the top of the stairs on the second floor.

New Group Areas:

We created space on the east side of the second floor of the library to accommodate approximately 100 more seats. This was accomplished by weeding and consolidating the collection, removing stacks and relocating microfilm cabinets. The area was re-carpeted, and furniture from the student union was relocated.


All new outlets were installed on the second floor of the library in the new group study areas and along the outer walls by the windows. Altogether 544 outlets and USB charger were installed (272 electrical outlets and 272 USB ports).

New in the Mortola Library

This summer has been a  busy time in the Mortola Library making improvements for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.  As a part of the new Campus Wellness Initiative, we are making three FitDesks available so that students can keep active while studying.  We will also be increasing the therapy dog visits to every other week during the semester instead of just at the end of the semester.  During 24/7 exam time in December, the library will have cots available as napping stations to help improve sleep options for students.  In terms of the library building itself, new blinds were installed during the summer along with and new computer chairs.  Utilizing previously collected space use data, the library also created two new computer collaboration stations for small group work and added a large collaboration table that will seat 8 people.  We’re excited to have everyone back and look forward to a great 2017-18 academic year!

New addition to the Birnbaum Library’s Collaborative Learning Room

You may have noticed a spaceship-looking object in the Collaborative Learning Room on the second floor of the Birnbaum Library. This new acquisition, called the Laptop Collaboration Theater, seats up to 10 people and can accommodate multiple laptops. Students can now make a reservation online to use any of the CLR’s three group study spaces:


The Mortola Library in Pleasantville also has its own Laptop Collaboration Theater (on the first floor). To book it, please go to