By Christa Collins
The library officially opened its goliath automatic glass doors
last Monday. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in
The library had a “soft” opening over the summer, after its
$64,200,000 renovation and addition. The project added 71,771
square feet to the university library.
“It is very modern and state of the art,” said Bobby Schott, a
first-year accounting student.
This new space comes with numerous amenities. On the second
floor of the addition, a large computer station was assembled. This
new station will boost the number of computers from the existing 79
located in the library.
“If you have a computer as slow as mine at home, you’d be happy
with these,” said Pedro Lopez, a first-year sociology student.
There is also a 24-hour computer lab on the first floor of the
addition. A student can gain access to the lab by swiping a Bronco
During library hours, students can enter the lab from inside the
library, but the lab also has an exterior door for after-hours
The new space also comes with more rooms for group study. The
rooms are intended to be a meeting place for students planning
Projector equipment and whiteboards come standard in the rooms
to help with every aspect of a presentation.
“The new group study rooms are amazing. They make getting
together for projects a lot easier since they have everything I
need in one place,” said Amanda Meyer, a second-year psychology
There is also a Grand Reading Room equipped with comfortable
chairs and couches.
The ceiling stretches two stories and a large window overlooks
the CLA building.
The anticipated Starbucks cafe is now open for business. The
coffee shop features a full Starbucks menu, except for the newest
promotional drink called Sorbetto.
The cafe has the typical Starbucks decor on the inside, with
tables and overstuffed chairs. There is also outdoor patio seating
The library has revamped itself not only in the physical sense,
but also online. The library has a redesigned Web site which should
be easy for students to navigate.
Students can also show their support of the library by becoming
its fan on Facebook. Entitled Cal Poly Pomona University Library,
the page hosts links to the library catalog, library database,
tutorials and guides, account login and the Ask Now! 24/7 online
The site also lists the library’s hours, has a discussion board
and a box called Bookshare Books, which are non-curricular books
that students can borrow from the library.
The photo albums section displays photos of inside the library
as well as pictures of the employees. The library had 258 fans at
CPP Library Facebook Page
$64M addition open for business
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