From The Oklahoman:
“In a way, we’ve created a library well beyond the building,” said Rick Luce, the University of Oklahoma’s dean of libraries.
About 80 percent of the university’s academic journals are available online, he said, and the university is making greater use of e-books.
As it exists today, the library is based around the outdated conception of libraries as places to take out books and read. While that definition may have been correct 30 years ago, Luce said, it’s too narrow to fit the way students use libraries today.
At OSU’s [Oklahoma St. University] Edmon Low Memorial Library, the space needed to house the library’s millions of print volumes has expanded over the decades, taking over space that was once left for students and faculty to sit and do work, said Sheila Johnson, OSU’s dean of libraries.
The library was built in 1953 and expanded in 1968 to hold 2 million print volumes. Today, the library holds 3.3 million volumes, creating space issues, Johnson said.
“Our building now is jammed,” she said. “All of our shelves are filled from the bottom shelves to the top shelves.”
The article also points out that OSU is planning to break ground this summer to build a library storage facility.
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