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Winter/Spring 2013

The work described below from Summer 2012 was completed. Joe Lucia, University librarian, and library staff have moved into their new offices. We are now in the process of renovating the main lobby of Old Falvey Hall and the large reading room so they can be used by library patrons for quiet study. See the slide show to the right for a conceptual image of the Old Falvey main lobby.

Summer 2012

With the end of the spring term, construction started in Old Falvey Hall to create enhanced office suites for Library teams. The University Librarian's Office, Business & Administrative Team, Scholarly Outreach Team, and Publication & Communication Team will be located in Old Falvey Hall when this stage of renovations are complete.

February 2012

The Learning Commons in Falvey was officially dedicated on Feb. 17 when library and University planners, architects, designers, faculty, staff, students and visitors gathered to celebrate the new home of the Falvey Research Center, Learning Support Services (LSS), the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC), and the  Writing Center. Read the full story on the Library News blog.

January 26, 2012

The Learning Commons in Falvey is near final completion. All services and centers have opened, including the Mathematics Learning Support Center, Writing Center, Learning Support Services, and Research Librarian offices. Students have discovered the new lounge space with funky furniture and cafe lighting. The meeting rooms, large and small, are available as study space when not reserved for meetings, events or instruction sessions.They all have wireless connectivity and the larger rooms contain presentation technology. Minor finishing touches are all that remain to be seen.

January 17, 2012

Tthe Learning Support Services and Research Librarian offices are open for business. Learning Support Services is located at the rear of the second floor and the librarians are located in the front. Librarians are ready to make research appointments upon request. Other library staff have also moved to new offices. Check the Library staff directory for updated locations or call the front desk (610-519-4270).

Are you looking for the Reference Collection? Most of those materials have been moved to the second floor near the librarian offices. A small portion remains on the first floor. Smaller collections, like dvds, audio books, and current periodicals are also located in Falvey West on the first floor (entrance near the print center).

The Mathematics Learning Support Center and the Writing Center will open in the next week or two.

We will keep you posted on further improvements to the first floor, part of which will become additional lounge and event space. Watch the slide show on the right for a look at the "before" and "after" photos. There is more to come!

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Falvey West

After the bound journal collection was moved to Garey Hall in 2010, the vacated stack space was cleaned, repaired, painted and brought up to fire code. The former media room, which contained videotapes, microfilm and assorted storage, was emptied to make way for temporary office space.

The above items and the book stacks from the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library were relocated to the recently refurbished stack space in Old Falvey in the summer of 2011.  The new stack space, designated as Falvey West, houses books with call numbers A - DX.

Falvey West can be accessed from the main library using the first floor entrance near the Print Center. The books can be browsed by patrons whereas other smaller collections (microfilm, videotapes, special collections) will be retrieved by front desk staff.

Learning Commons in Falvey

The following description provided by University Librarian, Joe Lucia, tells how "the Learning Commons in Falvey will be an engaging, state-of-the-art center for learning and inquiry, integrating in a single physical setting access to key academic services, including Research Support librarians, the Writing Center, Learning Support Services and the Mathematics Learning Resource Center. The Commons will also feature informal lounge seating for group study, several small meeting rooms and a pair of larger rooms (featuring display systems and digital whiteboards) and for presentations, group meetings, and informal classes."

When asked about the move to the Library, Mary Beth Simmons, Writing Center director, said "The past few years I’ve followed and envied universities with busy and successful learning commons, so when I was told the Writing Center would be joining the Falvey Learning Commons I was very excited!  And as a daughter of a librarian, of course I couldn’t wait to phone my mother and tell her that after my many years visiting libraries, I would soon be working in one!"

As it happens, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Writing Center. We are pleased to be welcoming them to Falvey as they celebrate such an auspicious occasion.

"The Learning Support Services staff is particularly excited about being a part of the centralized area for student academic support to be known as 'the Learning Commons in Falvey,'" according to Nancy Mott, Director of Learning Support Services. Mott also noted that "Our academic coaching and workshop offerings in time management, learning styles, and test preparation to name a few, will be a nice complement to the writing center, math center, and the work of the research librarians. Villanova has a wealth of academic support for students throughout the campus so to bring some of us together in one location will provide easier access for our students."

"Students will benefit greatly from the move of the MLRC to the learning commons," said Melissa Ferreira, director of the Mathematics Learning Resource Center. She also said that "for the first time, our students and tutors will be able to collaborate in a space that is designed specifically for our diverse approaches to teaching math. The Learning Commons offers a new level of convenience for visitors, along with comfortable amenities that should make the learning process more enjoyable for both students and tutors."

The second floor of the main library, once the home of general patron seating, book stacks, special and digital collections, the director's office and business and administration, has been completely gutted. The redesigned space will be constructed with higher ceilings, better lighting, separate office suites, multi-purpose rooms with flexible furniture and informal study areas.

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Joe Lucia, University Librarian


Mary Beth Simmons, Director, Writing Center


Nancy Mott, Director, Learning Support Services


Melissa Ferreira, Director, Mathematics Learning Resource Center


Last Modified: Tuesday, February 19th, 2013