BHC makes some noise in the library to celebrate renovation

BHC library ribbon cut - wide shot (web)Live jazz music, clapping and talking usually aren’t allowed in libraries, but Wednesday was an exception at Black Hawk College.

More than 100 employees, students and community members celebrated the renovation of the Quad-Cities Campus Library at a Sept. 10 ribbon-cutting and open house.

Library ribbon cut - jazz band (web)

Dr. Edgar Crockett (center) and the BHC Jazz Band performed before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $1.5 million project began in May and took approximately three months to complete. It included three components – interior renovation, new elevator and new windows.

The renovation updated more than 15,000 square feet of student and staff spaces and includes more than 3,000 square feet of new energy-efficient windows.

“For several months, many of our resources were in boxes or crammed into a computer lab. We did not hear complaints,” said Ashtin Trimble, director of library services for the Quad-Cities Campus.

“To our students, faculty and staff, we thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process,” she said.

BHC library ribbon cut (web)

Cutting the ribbon are, from left – Charlet Key, former library director and professor emerita who retired in June; Ashtin Trimble, new director of library services; and Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College interim president. Behind them are David Emerick, chair of the BHC Board of Trustees, and State Rep. Mike Smiddy.

“Our patrons took these growing pains in stride and shared in our excitement for what was in store for our library.”

The library now has all new:

  • Group study rooms with tables (three rooms that seat four people and one room that seats eight)
  • Checkout desk
  • Copy/scan center
  • Research desk
  • Offices and workstations for library staff
  • Decorative end panels for the book stacks
  • Furniture
  • ADA-compliant electric traction elevator

Also as part of the renovation, the college’s Teaching/Learning Center will move Monday, Sept. 15 from the balcony to the library. The TLC provides professional development and instructional support for college faculty members.

The TLC’s new 1,000-square-foot space will include a group training area with 12 laptop docking stations plus office space with three individual laptop docking stations.



Last updated 9-10-2014