New Library Opens its Doors
The new 93,000 square-foot library also encompasses several services and labs.
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012 21:08
After a three-year wait, Valley College celebrated last Monday the opening of the new $20.3 million Library and Academic Resource Center.
The 93,000 square-foot, two-story facility is one of the largest libraries in the San Fernando Valley and boasts more than 130,000 books and hundreds of computers. It is also now home to the Academic Resources Center, which comprises the writing, reading and math labs.
"It’s a wonderful, beautiful building with lots of room," said Library Department Chair Georgiana Sampler.
The library was built with sustainability in mind and features a heat-reducing roof and solar panels. A spacious reading room and individual study rooms on the first floor were included in an attempt to enhance the atmosphere of the library, as well as computer commons on the second floor.
The complex’s many resources were previously strewn throughout the campus; having them in the same location will make them a more effective tool for students to utilize, according to Yang Management, the company that oversees construction on campus.
"Students can get all their needs met without going outside the building," said Valley College President Susan Carleo.
The building also houses the faculty and staff Professional Development Center and Valley College Historical Museum—services that were formerly housed in bungalows. The bungalows, however, are being phased out as part of Valley’s $626 million renovation plan, reVitalizing Valley.
The library complex is the 27th construction project completed through reVitalizing Valley, which is funded by voter-passed propositions A and AA from 2001 and 2003 and Measure J from 2008, granting the district $6 billion to modernize existing buildings and construct new, sustainable buildings. Valley's next construction endeavor will be the Athletic Training Facility, which is scheduled to start next year along with four other projects.
The campus is planning a dedication ceremony for the library Oct. 18, and within the coming weeks, personnel will be offering tours of the new facilities. The library is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.