January 20, 2022

Baylor Libraries Work to Meet Needs with Limited Space

From The Baylor Lariat:

Some say that limited space is an issue in the central libraries.

On-site resources and a growing student population both vie for space in the libraries. This leaves some students feeling crowded and wishing for more space, several students said. Library officials said they are working to meet students’ needs within the space they have.

The square footage of the central libraries hasn’t increased. “We haven’t expanded beyond the footprint,” said Pattie Orr, vice president for Information Technology and dean of University Libraries.

The central libraries haven’t expanded, but the student population has. Baylor reached a record enrollment of 15,364 students in the fall of 2012.

“Could we use more space?” Orr said. “I guess we always can.”


Austin junior Kyle Hopkinson said he has checked out four books in his Baylor career, one of which was for recreational reading.

Several said they have yet to check out a physical book

Plano sophomore Holland Thompson said she uses the library’s online resources instead of checking out bound books.

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