The University of Waterloo has built its reputation as a research-intensive institution committed to discovering and applying innovative ideas and knowledge. At the Library, we are committed to supporting the success of our community by striving to provide the most current information resources and well-equipped, vibrant spaces for academic research and learning.
With the steady influx of new talent at UW, our library locations are busier than ever—approximately 10,000 visits are made each day. From extending our services to enhancing our spaces, we continually seek new ways to accommodate the research, teaching, and study needs of our growing community. The generous support we have received through Campaign Waterloo has allowed us to initiate the creation of a new Library within our existing walls. I am pleased to highlight in this report some of what has been accomplished.
Recently completed projects, such as the RBC Information Commons, Sims study areas, and the Musagetes Architecture Library have dramatically improved the research environments we offer our students and faculty. Meanwhile, the impending installation of 3M’s innovative Inventory and Security System will be a tremendous leap forward creating a model site for the secure and efficiently managed Library of the future. And there is more to come.
Projects on the horizon include a branch library at the new School of Pharmacy, an Information Commons for the Dana Porter Library, and an e-learning lab in the Davis Centre Library. It’s an exciting time in the Library as we build a foundation that will support and adapt to the needs of our current and future students.
– Mark Haslett, University Librarian