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Frequently Asked Questions


Renovation of the Cafe Area 
What is the timeline?
What will it cost?
Who’s paying for it?
What areas are affected?
Why are you doing it?
Who planned this?
How will I benefit?
What does it include?
Why is it needed?

First Phase of a Comprehensive Renovation
What do you mean by “comprehensive renovation?”
What is the “upper commons?”
How can I help/contribute/donate?
Are there naming opportunities?

High-Quality Social Learning Space
Isn’t this just another lounge?
Why should this be in the library?
How does this fit with the Library mission?
How does this fit with the Drake mission?

After-Hours Study Facility
Does “After-Hours” mean 24/7?
How will access be controlled?
Will it be safe?
Can we schedule events in this space?
Will the cafe be open all night?

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Cowles Library announces a the first phase of a comprehensive renovation.  Phase 1 involves renovation of the cafe area to create a high-quality social learning space that will also serve as an “after-hours” study facility for Drake students.

Renovation of the Cafe Area

What is the timeline?
Target start date is in May, immediately following finals.
Official start date is _____________.
Target completion date is prior to the fall semester, 2012. (Subject to change)
Official completion is slated for __________.
Begin timeline with building program statement, extend into phases 2/3, etc.

What will it cost?
$XXX,XXX.XX

Who’s paying for it?
Generous contributions from

What areas are affected?
The cafe area including the ramp, study room, south entry and Library classroom 122 are in the project area.

Why are you doing it?
Contribute to student success by creating a high quality social learning environment.
Needed building remediations (windows)
Reclaim unused space (south hall)
Disabilities access (south entry)
student need[desire] for after-hours study facility

Who planned this?
Facilities committee
building on work from the building program statement
administration input opportunities
student input opportunities

How will I as a [student/faculty/donor/administrator/prospective student/”disabled” user/event attendee/parent of student] benefit?

What does it include?

Why is it needed?

First Phase of a Comprehensive Renovation

What do you mean by “comprehensive renovation?”
Description through Phase 2 (Learning commons/classroom) & on into 2nd floor renovations. compact shelving, etc.

What is the “upper commons?”

How can I help/contribute/donate?

Are there naming opportunities?
YES!!

High-Quality Social Learning Space

Isn’t this just another lounge?
No.

Why should this be in the library?

How does this fit with the Library mission?
To support the educational goals of Drake University by providing services, collections, technology, and learning opportunities that make it possible for faculty and students to successfully access and use information.

In fulfilling its mission, the Library works in partnership with faculty and other members of the Drake community, and seeks to contribute to the overall goals of the University. Primary emphasis is placed upon materials and services that expand upon and support the curriculum, and that support faculty teaching.

How does this fit with the Drake mission?
Drake’s mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment

After-Hours Study Facility

Does “After-Hours” mean 24/7?
No.
Amplify

How will access be controlled?

Will it be safe?
Yes
Amplify

Can we schedule events in this space?
No

Will the cafe be open all night?