McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

New library space developed for grad students, faculty

Published: January 12, 2011
Olive Wahoush and Liz Bayley in a new reading area at the Health Sciences Library
Olive Wahoush (left), Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, and Liz Bayley, director of the Health Sciences Library, relax in a new reading area created to showcase current journal issues and new books.

The Health Sciences Library has developed two new spaces to serve graduate students and faculty.

A comfortable reading area has been created on the entrance floor adjacent to displays of new reading material. The easily accessible shelving holds current issues of journals and new additions to the book collection, including humanities selections related to health sciences. This is a spot where patrons can catch up on the latest news in health research. This area also accommodates hospital patients and their families who may peruse a selection of consumer health resources.

On the library’s lower level, a study room has been dedicated for Faculty of Health Sciences graduate students, who require quiet spaces to work independently. Room 1B21 features seven carrels and chairs; keys are available for each user. No pre-booking is required.

These changes follow the library’s award-winning 2007 renovation as a people-centred space featuring ample room for group learning and quiet study.  Undergraduate students are heavy users of the library, and the change was made to accommodate the needs of graduate students and faculty.

"There is a growing awareness that faculty and graduate students need their own spaces when they come here," said Liz Bayley, director of the Health Sciences Library. "Different groups need different services and spaces."

These developments follow requests from FHS faculty and graduate students, and new trends in academic library design.

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