The CrimSL library was closed recently for a bit of a makeover. The library now boasts 15 new tables and 34 new chairs, increasing user comfort and making the space a more flexible and inviting venue for hosting CrimSL events.
Librarian Danielle Van Wagner explains that the old furniture was overdue for replacement. "The previous furniture was functional, but definitely past its prime. It was very heavy and exceptionally difficult to move around, making it hard to use the space for events or speakers. Our new tables are on casters and can flip up for easy storage, and the chairs are nestable, making it easy to move them around and store them away. They are also much more modern looking with wood surfaces, and comfortable rolling chairs," she says.
She adds, "We recently also removed three shelves from our library stacks after we sent physical material, that is now available online, offsite. This has created additional workspace, which now holds private work tables for quiet study."
Danielle says that regular visitors to the CrimSL library should not be alarmed at the changes. "Our cozy nook with upholstered chairs and couches—a student favorite for group work and casual lunches—remains a fixture in the library. In fact, we'll soon be getting a new couch and chairs to add to this space," she says.
Danielle has been the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Librarian since November 2022. She looks forward to continuing the library's gradual makeover and attracting more users to the space.
She says, "I'd really like the library to become a community space for the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, and this new furniture is a big step towards making that a reality. I am hopeful that we will be able to hold more events, such as speakers, receptions, orientations, and conferences in the library."
The library is located on the main floor of the Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen's Park Crescent West. It is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and closed on weekends and holidays through the summer.
Visit the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Library website.