Laurier's Library - Keeping the heart of the campus beating
WATERLOO — The Wilfrid Laurier University library plays a key role as the centre of learning for our institution. With the digital age upon us and the extraordinary ease of accessing databases from the comfort of your home or office, the library has had to adapt and evolve to new, challenging and exciting dimensions.
On March 31, the library hosted an intimate reception to thank its donors for their continuous support. Three benefactors were honoured at the event: The Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association who generously donated $200,000 to launch the library’s Information Commons. The Information Commons takes learning beyond the classroom by providing communal social learning space where users can gather, share and create information.
Sun Life Financial Canada donated $75,000 (in honour of its former president, Bob Astley) to help launch the Sun Life Digital Studio. The studio provides a lab space for Laurier faculty, students and staff to use and experiment with digital and multimedia technologies.
Finally, an anonymous donor contributed $75,000 to the Geospatial and Data Centre which he asked to have named in honour of Agnes and Jerry Hall – his former Geography professor who has since passed away. This centre provides both students and faculty with access to Internet map services, Geographic Information Services (GIS), and large geospatial databases.
"The students asked for a type of social learning space with greater access to technological resources, study support services as well as ITS help all within the library, says Sharon Brown, University Librarian. “Because of our forward thinking donors, our library is able to offer its students more learning opportunities than ever before.”
Some of the new initiatives that the library is seeking support for are the continued acquisitions of electronic resources, the expansion needs of archives and special collections and additional flexible study and social learning space.
If you are interested in making a contribution to Laurier’s library, or are looking for further information, please contact Michele Breault at 519-884-1970 ext. 2094.