With a donation of $3 million from Dr Ko Pui-shuen, Chairman of Kingrich Asia Holdings Limited, the Library has initiated two projects to enhance access to and use of the University Archives & Special Collections.
Building a Special Collections Gallery
In addition to providing reading and research space for users, the Gallery will be dedicated to exhibitions of our Special Collections and University archival materials; such as antique maps of China, classical science and technology-related rare books, and HKUST historical documents. During the past few months, we have worked with the designer to come up with a design layout and are in the process of selecting a construction vendor. The target completion date is August 2013.
We note that some students are planning another so-called “Silent Dance Party”.
Last year, the Library received complaints about this activity from students studying in the Library at the time. We also saw that some of the participants danced on tables, which presented a danger to the dancers, people near-by, and the facilities.
Library staff members work to help make the Library and Learning Commons a place conducive to learning & research. We ask all students to help maintain a quiet study atmosphere. This activity would disrupt this atmosphere.
This morning, most of the new furniture in the LG4 extension was opened for your use! This includes sofa chairs along the windows, and “Y”-shaped study carrels throughout, with seating for another 90 users.
Currently it is configured as a computer lab. Once the Learning Commons is complete, with its two computer classrooms, the Multi-Function Room will be modified so that users can rearrange the furniture in there at will.
At the completion of the extension building, the Environmental Protection Department tested the air quality in the extension, and issued an Indoor Air Quality Certificate (Good Class) for the Library extension.