LibraryHop: NoCo Science & Engineering Library
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog likes to hop all sorts of things, from Equestrian club saddles to lingering denizens of Butler café, but especially libraries. Today, Anish Bramhandkar takes you the NoCo Science and Engineering Library. Yes, NoCo’s been open for a while, but we’re still captivated. It’s just so fancy.
You’d think the starkness of the Mudd engineering library and the mustiness of the scattered science libraries would have caused a mass exodus to the new brightly-lit, Ikea-inspired NoCo Library. For one, the Science and Engineering library offers natural light and views (sort of)—two things most student spaces on campus lack. Plus, it’s just damn pleasant to be there.
But the people Bwog found hiding in the library early on Thursday were simply content with their headphones stuffed in their ears, as they huddled over their MacBooks while the sun illuminated the Nexus’ red (ochre?) panels across the street. Perhaps most people just aren’t as excited about libraries as we are…
The main floor of the library, accessible through the campus-level entrance, houses dozens of giant LCD screens in the new Digital Science Center— 30-inch screens for the Windows machines and 27-inch screens for the Mac Pros. Good luck nabbing one though; we’ve been four times to no avail. You’ll have better luck getting one of the eight of machines with attached scanners, but stay on them for too long and an impatient grad student wielding a thick textbook will kick you off. Important tip: Don’t waste your print quota on the four printers in the library; they do single-sided printing only. A commenter informs us that you should select printing properties/print shortcut/eco-friendly in order to get duplex printing
Up two flights of stairs hides a sea of study carrels and tables, along with bathrooms, water fountains, and a big window overlooking the lower floor on the mezzanine. These carrels are smaller than the ones found in other libraries— just under three feet wide and two feet deep. Luckily, each has two power outlets, an Ethernet port, and a dual-bulb fluorescent light that looks like something you’d purchase at Walmart for your kitchen counter. Reservable presentation practice rooms a table, two whiteboards, and a projector, are available on the next mezzanine up. This building is just bursting with mezzanines! But for now, the rooms are still under construction.
There are books too! The new library houses materials from all the old science libraries (chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and psychology), and the engineering library in Mudd will continue to hold its current collection.
If you’re just looking for a quiet place to study or gather your thoughts on North campus, the NoCo library is for you. It lacks the hypertension and stress of Butler; it’s quiet but not stiflingly still. Your nostrils will welcome the faintly varnishy, newly-constructed scent that’s totally invigorating, but maybe mildly carcinogenic.
Bwog plans on camping out here from now on. The light-stained wood and bright, warm lighting makes us feel homey and safe. Happy studying!