By RENE ESCOBAR
Pima Community College’s Desert Vista library has reopened after being closed 14 months for renovation. The college used federal Title V grant funds to pay for the $1 million project.
The renovated library exhibits a modern look with glass walls and open floor space. It features all-new furnishings, computers and outlet stations.
The library also gained areas called Centers for Individualized Learning, which are single seats where a student can work on assignments.
“I love the spacing for students,” retiring librarian Tony Arroyo said. “We are the smallest library of all five campuses, but since the remodel we do not have that many volumes of books.”
The renovation shrunk the amount of space used to display books, because of internet access reducing the need for print publications.
“We had to withdraw a lot of books,” Arroyo said. “Ninety-nine percent of our journals are now online rather than in hard copy.”
The redesign made space for conference rooms and student work areas. The conference rooms are compact but hold a table, seats and white boards.
Assistant librarian Anne Thames-Real said the renovation emphasized technology.
“It’s integrating to tech,” she said.
Students like the more technological and modern vibe.
“It’s a cool environment,” Ivan Medina said.
Fellow student John Rowe said, “I like it, it’s welcoming.”
Faculty members also praised the renovations.
“Beautiful, spacious area,” instructor Elizabeth Gooden said.