Seen at Other Libraries…

Some different approaches to space.

Anderson Academic Commons Library, Univ. of Denver

This main floor’s central area has books, displays and student seating. The perimeter holds a large conference room, cafe, and student services.

Technology lab, DU Library

Those services includes a library help desk, writing and language center, math and science tutoring/study spaces, and a technology help desk.


Writing and math tutoring space, DU Library.

Here, student spaces–What works for a shared space with a variety of people doing different things.

Computers for single and group work, Auraria Library.
Study rooms, Auraria Library
Discovery wall for data visualization, talks, etc., Auraria Library.

And yes, I have a thing for tables–I want my table to be the right size, the right height, and placed just where I want it. Is it any wonder I love moveable adjustable tables?

Tablet-size moveable tables, Auraria Library.
Adjustable stand-up table, Auraria Library.
Adjustable table, Golden Community Center.

What’s the Plan?

The proposal on the table is to do a renovation and relocate tutoring services and the Writing Center to the Library building, possibly along with the Testing Center. Between the initial proposal in 2015 and the formation of the current Library Building Advisory Committee (BAC), we’ve had time to think about the “how” as well as the “what” in a big-picture way. How can a renovation make the Library a better student-centered place for Mines?

So, that’s our renovation goal–An academic gathering place with a student focus. The next question is, “How do we get there?”

For now, the Library’s identified these strategies:

  1. Improve student spaces.
  2. Boost access to content.
  3. Reduce the collections’ footprint.
  4. Integrate service areas and staff spaces.

This will help the Library go from the Baseline Future to the Preferred Future that better benefits Mines.


We’ll be collaborating with the architects and other stakeholders — community involvement is key, people! — on all of it. As the experts in A) and B) above, we’ll take the lead on the changes with the print and e- content we provide to Mines.


We’re sharing news on the upcoming (this Spring 2017) renovation of the Colorado School of Mines Library. Included: status updates, potential impacts on our community, and possible ideas for new spaces and services. And…we hope to get YOUR feedback and ideas on what you want to transform the Mines Library.