5.16.2008

Regent Law Library Breaking Through

Summer remodel to reveal a more accessible, user-friendly Law Library

For 25 years, a single white wall at the top of a set of stairs has sealed off Regent’s third floor Law Library from the main University Library. Students searching the second floor for access to the third have met this wall with confusion and frustration. Their daunting task was to then go back down to the first floor, leave the main library, trudge through the atrium, and wait for the single elevator to lug them to the third floor.

Dubbed the “Stairway to Nowhere,” these stairs are soon to have their purpose fulfilled. An entourage of librarians, administration, and students armed with a sledge hammer made quick work of the white wall last week in the campaign to end the frustration.

In response to student concerns, the Law Library’s “Jericho Project” (Hebrews 11:30: "By faith the walls fell…") is making certain not only that the wall falls down to give easy access to the Law Library, but also that there is more quiet and group study space, painless access to all services, and an overall facelift of furniture, carpet, and design.

As Law Professor and Director of the Law Library, Charles Oates, noted, “The much anticipated tearing down of the artificial barrier that separates our two libraries, and the renovations that follow, will provide improved access to the law library and to the excellent service of our librarians and staff.”

A grand re-opening celebration is planned for the fall.