EPSL gets a new name; STEM Library consolidates services
The library formerly known as Engineering and Physical Sciences Library has been renamed and reconceived as the STEM Library to align more closely with the university’s academic programs and needs.
The change became effective January 1, 2018 and consolidates a broad range of expertise and services in the Kirwan Hall location, including those offered in the former Chemistry Library. The specialist for GIS and geospatial data, headquartered in McKeldin Library’s Research Commons, will now also work in a satellite office in the STEM Library.
Located in a four-floor space, the STEM Library now includes five new offices for librarians on the second floor, providing room on the busy first floor to expand the popular Makerspace.
The STEM Library will be an active part of the Research Commons, a unit of the University Libraries that compiles high-level research under one umbrella, expanding the boundaries of a traditional library. Services now a part of the Research Commons will continue in the STEM Library, where, for example, research projects are displayed on screens and a STEAM Salon series showcases current research of students and faculty.
The recent improvements build on changes from August 2016 when the library introduced new furnishings in its expansive central space, additional power outlets for increased laptop use, new carpeting on its first floor.
In related news, the central portion of the first floor of McKeldin Library received new carpeting over the semester break. New interior doors, which will heighten visibility and use of the library’s main marble staircase, will be installed in the summer.