As with most other matters, the LIS infrastructure projects were hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The renovation at Mafikeng Library was almost completed when construction came to a halt end of March. It seems however that construction will resume any day now. After project completion, the library will boast with a renovated Law Library and 24hr study area, as well as a brand new Information Commons for undergraduate students. We are looking forward to the completion of this project!
The planning process to extend and renovate the Education Library (Potchefstroom) gained momentum. The architectural plans have been approved and the intended start of the project will be in the last quarter of 2020.
The spaces of the current Education Library will be repurposed and the EduLab space will be converted into a quiet study area. Additional workspaces and power plugs will be added throughout the library.
A double-story extension will be added to the front of the library.
The ground floor will host a copy shop and also the new EduLab, with a collaborative and connected working space for 104 students.
Modern ‘Wimpy-like” benches will be installed and throughout the area will be ample plugs for laptops and other devices.
Six group study rooms will be equipped with LED screens, whiteboards and power points on the tables.
The first floor will have at least 54 computer workstations and 17 individual study cubicles, also equipped with power points.
A lift will be installed for users with disabilities.