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UW-Green Bay dedicates new collaborative space, Library Commons, Jan. 23

GREEN BAY — UW-Green Bay’s David A. Cofrin Library receives more than 120,000 visitors annually. If the past semester is any indication, a new Library Commons on the plaza (second floor) level, will likely propel those annual visits. A brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23 beginning at 2 p.m. on the second floor (plaza level) of the Cofrin Library. It is free and open to the public. Media is welcome.

UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff are already enjoying the Commons and adjacent Learning Center (formerly the Tutoring and Learning Center), just steps away from the main library. In fact, appointments in the Learning Center for tutorial services have increased by 650 individual appointments (up 75 percent) in fall semester 2017 compared to fall 2016. In 2016-2017 the main floors (3-6) of the Cofrin Library had 121,872 visitors, not including patrons utilizing the Area Research Center and University Archives on the 7th floor, or administrative offices on the seventh and eighth floors of the library.

The new spaces, which feature modern furniture and study spaces, were designed by local firm, Systems Furniture, Inc. of De Pere, to maximize the natural light and beauty of the surrounding courtyards.

“The modern library is a place of collaborative learning, and not just a tower of books,” says Paula Ganyard, assistant vice chancellor for Information Technology and the Cofrin Library. “At UW-Green Bay, it continues to be, as Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner envisioned, the ‘town square’ of an institution. The space allows for group study, small discussions and faculty mentoring, in close proximity to the research and the resources needed in a University setting.”

The space is open 6 a.m. to midnight.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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