Major renovations at OCC's Coulter Library nearly finished

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - It has been in the master plan for about two decades,  but finally after almost two years of construction, OCC’s library is nearly finished.

The moment you walk into the new Coulter Library, you're struck by the open floor plan, the invigorating colors and the natural light bleeding in from newly constructed windows.

"I am really excited that we are able to provide students with the type of space that they were interested in having, that they told us about before we started renovation that they wanted,” said Pauline Lynch Shostack, OCC library department chair. 

Like more quiet study space, more group study rooms, and of course taking the old library, little changed since it was built in the 70's, and bringing it into the 21st century with more and a variety of technologies.

“We hear comments from students and they love the space and they are telling students, I hear them on the quad saying ‘have you been to the library, let's go over there to see it,’ so that's always exciting to hear,” Shostack said.

Busy already, they say it's tracking 50 more people an hour and students using it longer when they're here.

"It’s really great and my wow factor comes, when you walk in and see it full of students because that means we did what we set out to do,” said Sarah Gaffney, OCC Vice President of Finance.

The main entrance to the library has now been pushed to the back of the building, occupying all three floors.

Crews are finishing up the last pieces of the huge project and should have the new Coulter Hall project completed in April.

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