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   from the issue of January 12, 2006

Love North doors open for checkout


Campus requests have unlocked a direct path to books shelved in the north wing of Love Library.

NORTH CHECKOUT - Angela Buehner (left), a senior psychology major, hands a book over to Jamie Morgan, a student worker, in...
 NORTH CHECKOUT - Angela Buehner (left), a senior psychology major, hands a book over to Jamie Morgan, a student worker, in the Love North entryway. The doors to Love North opened Jan. 9. Photo by Lisa Mcevoy/University Communications.

Following a pre-holiday break construction push, the doors to Love North - closed to fulltime access since the 1970s - reopened Jan. 8 with a staffed service desk providing limited circulation services daily.

"This has been a request made for a long, long time," said Joan Giesecke, dean of University Libraries. "And, we are pleased to make access to Love North easier for students, faculty and staff."

Giesecke said the project - which included the installation of a security system, the construction of a service desk, computer port upgrades and heating improvements - was made possible by the library credit hour fee. She said the fee is assessed on every credit hour taken at UNL, and funds collected are for library improvements.

"With this fee, we have the financial base to accomplish some of the things students ask for," Giesecke said.

The Love North doors have been used in recent years. During a renovation project to Love South in 2002, Giesecke said, the Love North doors were opened to provide access to the library.

"We found that students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences were happy to have ready access to books in Love North," Giesecke said. "It was a real convenience for them, and something we wanted to continue to offer."

The doors also provide students quick entry to a seating area in Love North.

Giesecke said the Love North doors project - like other recent library improvements - is designed to make the library more inviting to the campus community. Other recent projects include the renovation of Love South, adding wireless Internet access throughout the building, expanding seating areas and designing a café area in Love South.

"We did some work with an advertising class a year and a half ago," Giesecke said. "Their surveys found that students really like to study in the library. And, we want to continue making it a welcoming place for them."

Spring semester hours for the newly opened Love North doors are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Hours will change during seasonal/holiday breaks. For more information, go online



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