By Caitlin Duke
More than $1.3 million was spent giving the Lynn Library on the Washington Street Campus a major facelift.
Renovations began in spring 2012 from a large grant Amarillo College received, and changes are coming to the end with the exception of remodeling the first floor. It is uncertain when first-floor renovations will be complete due to the budget almost being depleted; if the renovations are to continue, AC will have to receive private donations.
The first floor has been made into the Student Help Center and the Career and Advising Center. The Student Help Center is designed to help students with Blackboard and online classes.
“I think that a lot of students do not know we are here or what we do,” said Mariah Janes, a student worker and a business major. “It would be helpful if during Badger Boot Camp, they informed new students about us, because that is what I am here for, to ask questions and help people out.”
The Career and Advising Center provides services such as interview and resume workshops.
The second floor was completely renovated and now is where the Division of Academic Affairs is located.
The third floor and basement are for the ACcess Learning Center, English-as-a-second-language courses and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The CTL is mainly for faculty and offers services such as educating faculty in how to design their Blackboard classes or learn about new software.
The changes included the merger of the book portion of the library previously located on the second floor and the computer lab located on the fourth floor. Both now are located on the fourth floor. The change caused the library to reduce its book collection to 60,000. The floor provides students with the ability to check out books, receive help on how to do research and even has many of the textbooks that professors use in their classrooms.
“We have a lot of textbooks available to students to use here in case a student cannot get their textbooks the first two weeks of school, or if theirs is stolen, they can still do their homework,” said Jesse Starr, circulation desk supervisor and a business major.
Library employees are ready to help whether it is helping students navigate Blackboard, teaching how to use databases or just by directing students to the correct building. Emily Gilbert, library assistant director, said, “We’re here to help. We want to be the first of two stops instead of you going to eight different places.”
Lynn Library is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with the exception of the fourth floor; and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.