The North Campus library will undergo renovations including a fresh coat of paint and new bookcases and carpet after the facility suffered moisture damage and water penetration from Hurricane Irma.
It will reopen in the spring semester, but Fermin Vazquez, the director of campus administration at North Campus, could not provide a specific date.
The renovations will include twenty rows of 24-feet-long bookcases that will replace the old bookcases, which have been in use since the campus opened in 1960. The walls will be painted the same color, but the accents will be baby blue to match the blue hue of the new carpet.
“I’m hoping that they notice the change and that it’s a conducive space for them to study and learn,” Vazquez said.
In the meantime, the campus is continuing to provide library services to students and faculty in the computer courtyard located above the library in Room 2201. Students who want to borrow books from other Miami Dade College campuses or Florida schools can continue to do so there through sharing services. North Campus is also offering a limited amount of books from its personal collection.
The interim location, manned by librarians and library staff, is also outfitted with computers for the students to use and study areas have been allocated. Copy machines and printers are also available.
“Everything is working out very well,” Vazquez said.
Library hours are: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information about the library, call (305) 237-1142