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Renovated AACC Library Designed Around Student Needs

August 23, 2012
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Students and members of the public coming into the newly renovated and expanded Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) will find more places to study – both alone or with a group, more technology available for group study and tutoring sessions, enhanced quiet areas, increased areas for accessing wi-fi technology and easier access to reference assistance and student support services.

The library, ready for students Aug. 27 for the first day of fall classes, was designed after working with focus groups of students, faculty and staff who requested more quiet areas, more individual computers and increased seating and study space, especially for collaborative work. Some of the features of the new library include:

  • A 134-seat technology learning center, more than double the number before renovation;
  • 224 computers overall for student and public use – a 72 percent increase;
  • 20 enclosed rooms equipped with technology for group study – an 85 percent increase;
  • Larger enclosed silent and quiet areas;
  • An expanded reference area;
  • Two new computer labs where librarians can provide information literacy training to entire classes;
  • A 900-square-foot student study area with comfortable seating, a vending area and a fireplace;
  • Seating for 800 in a variety of arrangements – study carrels, study tables, easy chairs, rocking chairs, tables set up for small collaborative work, laptop bars with stools.
  • About 19,600 linear feet of shelving.

In addition, the library contains new space and additional technology for student support services, including:

  • Tutoring;
  • Supplemental instruction;
  • Writing Center;
  • Math Lab;
  • Technology Learning Center;
  • Student Achievement and Success Program;
  • Honors program.

AACC also worked with Ewing Cole Architects and contractor Hess Construction and Engineering Services to design and construct a sustainable building with the goal of receiving a silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. The school has applied for that rating. Some highlights of that effort include:

  • Heat island reduction for both roofing and pavement;
  • Reduction of water use by at least 30 percent and water efficient landscaping practices;
  • Optimizing energy use by 40 percent;
  • Reduction of construction waste by at least 75 percent;
  • The use of recycled content in materials such as carpeting and plastics;
  • A bio-retention pond on the southern end of the facility to address storm water quality issues;
  • A lighting system which adjusts light levels based on the amount of natural light available and the occupants within a space;
  • Part of the glass glazing system acting as a sunshade in areas with large amounts of glass;
  • A green roof.

The original library was built in 1967 as one of the first three buildings on AACC’s Arnold campus. It has received only minor updates since then. Construction began in spring 2011 and it opened on time with construction savings of $2 million below budget, for a total cost of $19.6 million.

For information about the library, call 410-777-2211, email library@aacc.edu or visit www.aacc.edu/library.

About Anne Arundel Community College

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. National and regional award-winning studies can lead to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.