A Re-visioning of the Corette Library
The role of the Jack and Sallie Corette Library continues to evolve as the needs of students and teaching methods evolve. Construction of the Simperman Learning Commons as part of the Corette Library began in June 2018. The learning commons can be thought of as an addition to the Corette Library, but in its truest sense it is the physical manifestation of a new way of learning that will exist within the library and permeate the college as a whole.
This project is rooted in the college’s vision of the library as the foremost expression of Carroll’s commitment to providing students with the best possible educational, research and resource environment. This re-visioning of the Corette Library will create a state-of-the-art learning center where students can engage with each other and support staff and find space for individual or group study.
We invite you to explore the renderings of the new space to learn more about this exciting addition to Carroll College. Updated renderings, timelines and construction highlights will be posted as soon as they are available.
Read more about this exciting addition to Carroll College in the Carroll Magazine 2018 summer edition.
The entrance to the Simperman Learning Commons will be in the same location as the current entrance to the library. The outside entry plaza will connect to the All Saints plaza to the south. A new café, located off the entrance, will have an outdoor component within the plaza.
The west and north sides of the existing building will expand approximately 12 feet and the southwest corner will expand approximately 24 feet. The addition of stairs and upper and lower patios adjacent to the new exterior will provide outdoor study and gathering spaces and passage from the upper campus down to the athletic fields.
Just off the new entry to the east will be a gallery space and to the west a café and 24-hour study space. The main and lower floors will be remodeled to include individual and group study spaces with comfortable seating, state-of-the-art technology, fireplaces with views of the mountains and lower campus, teaching spaces, and updated administrative space.
The grand staircase in the northwest corner will open up the main and lower levels of the library. The lower level will provide enclosed individual and group study spaces, the Center for Professional Communication, renovated archival space, and collections.
The Center for Professional Communication
As a tutoring center, the Center for Professional Communication (CPC) will provide students with assistance in writing, speaking, research, and multimodal presentations. Highly trained peer and professional tutors will guide students toward discovering how to fulfill the demands of assignments using creative, compelling, and professional methodologies.
A cutting-edge CPC will also serve as the administrative locus for Communicating Through the Disciplines (CTD) programs, integrating the principles of Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines.
Phase I: Renovation of the lower level, including new and remodeled study spaces, the Center for Professional Communication, and remodeled archival space, begins June 2018. Estimated completion of Phase I is fall 2018.
Phase II: Buildout of the café, gallery, 24-hour study space, west elevation addition and new staircase began late 2018.
Phase III: Remodel of upper interior space begins after completion of Phase II
Phase IV: Remodel of administrative spaces on the main floor begins after completion of Phase III
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