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Rutgers Class of 1995 Dedicates Group Study Room at Alexander Library

May 14, 2015
Picture of study room

As part of the festivities of this year’s Alumni Weekend, Rutgers University Libraries welcomed representatives of the Class of 1995 and their families to Alexander Library to dedicate a group study room in honor of the Class’s 20th reunion.

The Class of 1995 Group Study Room, conveniently located in the third floor stacks of the university’s flagship library, offers a quiet and sequestered space in which groups of up to four students can work together on their assignments.  Its attractive, all-glass design allows for plenty of natural light in addition to an impressive vista of the College Avenue Campus.

In remarks offered during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, class treasurer Curtis Tao (RC’95) described why the Class elected to name a space at the Libraries.   “We decided to give to the Libraries because we wanted our reunion gift to be both lasting and impactful.  We know that Rutgers students in all the disciplines are asked or choose to collaborate with their peers now more than ever before.  Dedicating a group study room is a great opportunity for us to give back to students in a way that will enrich their academic experience and help them develop the skills necessary for success after graduation.”

As undergraduate curricula especially change to place less emphasis on solitary approaches to coursework, academic libraries nationwide are being reinvented—and Rutgers University Libraries are no exception.  Demand for a library environment that fosters collaborative teaching and learning is continuously growing.  Partnerships with benefactors such as the Class of 1995 help ensure that, beyond serving as a hub for essential information services, the Libraries are a useful and welcoming forum in which students can develop real-world skills like teambuilding and cooperative problem solving.

 “Library use is constantly on the rise, and group study rooms are some of our most popular spaces,” says Melissa Just, associate university librarian for research and instructional services.  “Data and observation from libraries at Rutgers indicate that, from mid-morning until closing, scheduled usage of these rooms can exceed 80 percent—and drop-in users often fill in where there are reservation gaps. These figures show that an investment in these types of library spaces is also a great investment in students’ learning and experience.”