New Campus Library eagerly awaited
“The proposed new library facility will prove to be more than just another infrastructure expansion on the Campus, but will rather serve as a symbol of the Campus’s commitment to lifelong learning and future readiness”. This is according to Mrs Hendra Pretorius, Library Manager on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) after the architectural blueprints were released.
The library – which serves as the academic heartbeat of the Campus, is currently experiencing serious overcrowding due to the substantial growth in student numbers as of late. Construction of the new library has not yet commenced and final approval is set to take place after the Councill meeting in September. According to the building plans the library facility will be erected between the new student centre (which is currently under construction) and the new Educational Sciences Building.
The proposed building site gives way to the concept of a “green building” and according to Mrs Pretoruis the adjacent ponds and grazing grounds for the different species of game will contribute to the new library’s status as an environmental friendly facility. Some of the new additions to the library are a collection of more than 15 000 titles, a 24 hour study room, facilities for group studies, wifi connectivity as well as more than 150 computer access points. A dedicated area for researchers will also take shape in the new library whilst the ultra-modern feel will compliment the new generation of students.
Students and staff are invited to share their views and comments on the new proposed facility by either visiting the library’s Facebook page or to make use of the suggestion box in the foyer of the library.
An artist’s take on the new facility.