Located inside the arched radius of windows that has become the icon for Gateway’s new campus, the two-story Library and Learning Commons, sponsored by First Niagara, combines the resources of Gateway’s two former libraries and adds new services, technologies and learning environments. The area is designed to be a campus anchor for students and faculty.
The space combines traditional library and media center functions with classrooms for teaching, research, study and visiting lecturers. Its reading areas can seat more than 400 people. Administrative spaces are distributed throughout for improved student interaction.
The First Floor of the library is the Quiet Zone, which features magazines, journals and newspapers for in-library use; group study rooms, plus study carrels; and Kids Cove, a children’s library and reading area for use by Gateway’s Early Learning Center.
The second floor is the Learning Commons. It features the Service Desk & Help Zone, where visitors can access research assistance; check out books; reserve items; and borrow graphing calculators, e-readers, and laptops; a 30-seat library electronic classroom; a C-Pod Study Area with workstations; a Media/ADA Room with equipment for viewing DVDs or VHS tapes plus equipment/software for students with special needs; and study rooms and meeting rooms that offer video conferencing and streaming capabilities, and a copy room.