David Wolken, PhD student in Cultural Foundations of Education, was the first student to enter the new reading room following its opening. He shared the following impressions:
The renovated reading room in Carnegie is truly awesome in the sense of inspiring awe. The grand entrance is welcoming and gives a sense of academic seriousness, and the large, well-lighted tables effectively facilitate focused study. The bright yet classic decor engenders students’ comfort as well as attentiveness. As a graduate student with many hundreds of pages of reading every week, having a space conducive to silent study is invaluable to me. I think that relative to the large and growing number of students at Syracuse, the university previously lacked ample silent study space. However, the new Carnegie reading room will greatly help in addressing this need.
In addition to an atmosphere conducive to studying, each newly-refinished table has multiple power outlets and custom lighting. For other technology needs, a new computer cluster with high speed printer is located in nearby room 208. A new library service desk has also been installed adjacent to the reading room where users may consult with a librarian or get assistance with library-related tasks.