CCU opens 'building for the mind'

CCU's new Bryan Information Commons (Source: Coastal Carolina University)
CCU's new Bryan Information Commons (Source: Coastal Carolina University)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) On Wednesday, Coastal Carolina University hosted the official opening ceremonies for the Bryan Information Commons of Kimbel Library.

"A year ago, we dedicated the Lackey Chapel, which is a space for the soul," said CCU President David DeCenzo. "A week ago, we dedicated the HTC Center, a space for the body. And now we are dedicating the Bryan Information Commons, which is a building for the mind."

The $6 million facility is named after the late CCU benefactor Rebecca Randall Bryan, and the 15,000-square-foot addition to Kimbel Library is a technology-rich study.

The new addition boasts several impressive features including research and tutorial space for students, collaborative work spaces, soft seating, an exhibit area, glass walls, around 84 individual computer work stations and café seating off a vending machine area for late night studying as well as five technology-rich study rooms that contain large screen wall-mounted monitors, projectors and interactive whiteboards all of which were designed in part by a student advisory group.

Along with the new work spaces, the library's security system has been updated to allow individuals to check out books and other materials at self-check workstations located throughout the library as well as at the Peter C. Bolton help desk in the Information Commons.

The library is also sponsoring its first public exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," from Oct. 12 through Nov. 28. Invited speakers will discuss the issues facing Lincoln as he used the Constitution to address the secession of the Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. This exhibit is made possible through the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center.

Hours of operation will be 24/6, opening at 11 a.m. on Sundays and remaining open until 7 p.m. on Fridays. The Commons will be open 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

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