New Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library in Final Stages of Construction
Preparations are underway for the Grand Opening of Liberty University’s 170,000 square-foot Jerry Falwell Library with a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The library, part of a $500 million campus rebuilding project, is named in honor of Liberty University founder Dr. Jerry Falwell. It is at the heart of the campus and reflects the University’s commitment to academic excellence.
The building, reflecting the Jeffersonian architecture found throughout Central Virginia, is a state-of-the-art facility featuring the latest in technology, including a 25’x17’ media wall, perceptive pixel tables, an active learning classroom, wayfinding and social media kiosks, and TeamSpot collaborative software. In addition, a robotic automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) provides on-site storage for the oldest and least frequently used materials which can be requested electronically from the library catalog and delivered to the library Customer Service Center for pick-up in less than 10 minutes. This new system, found only in a handful of college or university libraries in the nation, will allow the library to use approximately 1/8 of the space that would be needed to house the items in traditional open shelves, enabling the library to provide more collaborative and study spaces. Students can also virtually browse the catalog for both physical and electronic resources just as if all items were physically located on a shelf next to each other. This enables students to identify materials on the same topic that may be of interest regardless of format.
The building also includes a four-story book tower with over 65,000 of the most frequently used and newest materials; a three-story atrium; a two-story traditional reading room; a number of terraces and balconies, including a green roof with a rooftop terrace; a new dedicated archives facility, including a reading room; over 30 group study rooms; an active learning classroom; a number of open learning commons areas including a scholars commons; a technology commons; a multi-purpose conference room; and a two-story café. All of the new spaces and technologies will better enable the library to provide customized and collaborative research assistance and exemplary customer service.
Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. More than 100,000 students attend classes on its 7,000-acre residential campus and study in its thriving online education program.