Fewer tables, more desks for Gelman’s third floor

Gelman Library is hoping to tone down one of its noisiest floors this semester by swapping out some of its big tables for rows of desks.

The third floor, filled with mostly tables and couches, will see the addition of study carrels likely by this May, the library announced last week.

“As voted on by the students, we will be providing rows of study carrels which should enhance the requested quiet nature of the floor,” Associate University Librarian for Research and User Services Deborah Bezanson said.

The existing furniture will then be spread across the library, likely on the first floor, Bezanson said. She said the library doesn’t yet know how many desks it will purchase.

The library has cleared more space on the third floor over the last year after it moved less-frequently used materials into off-site storage.

The entrance floor was also upgraded with new furniture last year as part of a two-year $16 million renovation.

The third floor is also home to archived journals, magazines, newspapers and microfilm.

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