OUGL at 40: Facts & Figures

Odegaard Undergraduate Library, 40 & Fabulous

The Odegaard Undergraduate Library is one of the largest undergraduate libraries in the country. The vision of Charles Odegaard, former president of the University of Washington (1958-1973), the undergraduate library was built in 1972 to be the primary center on campus for undergraduate learning and research. Today it is a place of strong community and collaboration for teaching and a rich learning environment for students and faculty.

A Place for Students
• Open 24 hours, Sunday – Thursday
• More than 2.5 million library visits in 2011
Studying alone, using a computer and working in a group were the top three activities in 2011
• Wireless connectivity on all floors
• Sixteen group study rooms with whiteboards and screens
• Silent study on the third floor
• Largest academic collection of DVDs, CDs and videos in the Northwest
• In-person consultation and assistance with librarians and technical specialists
• Online 24-hour chat with a librarian: www.lib.washington.edu/about/contacts.html
• Writing help at Odegaard Writing and Research Center: depts.washington.edu/owrc
• Advanced technologies: studios for sound and video editing, digital presentations, collaborative production, and video conferencing
• University Book Store branch with supplies, technology accessories, gifts, and books
• Active program of exhibits and displays

A Place for Instructors and Faculty
• Computer classroom for hands-on instruction
• Supported electronic reserves program
• Active instructional program tailored to undergraduate courses
• Workshops, consultation, and online tools: catalyst.washington.edu/help/index.html

A Place for Learning and Undergraduate Research
• Odegaard Learning Commons, a 400+-seat computer lab, the largest on campus
• 45 multimedia stations with a media collection of over 70,000 items
• Course reserve materials for hundreds of classes each quarter
• Books and periodicals supporting the undergraduate curriculum, as well as specialized collections of English-as-a-Second-Language, Study Abroad and Good Reads
• Online databases for curriculum and research: www.lib.washington.edu/types/databases/
• Library Research Award for Undergraduates: www.lib.washington.edu/researchaward/

Odegaard Undergraduate Library Renovation 2011-2013

For Immediate Release – September 28, 2011
University Libraries and Office of Planning & Budgeting announce
Odegaard Undergraduate Library Renovation, Phase I: 2012 – 2013 OUGL students first floor

The University Libraries and the University of Washington Office of Planning and Budget announce the upcoming renovation of a portion of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library to upgrade the physical spaces to respond to changing student needs. The project, referred to as “Odegaard Undergraduate Learning Center [OULC] Phase I” is scheduled to begin June 2012 with anticipated completion the beginning of Autumn Quarter 2013. The source of funds is an appropriation of $16,575,000 in the 2011-13 State Capital Budget. Odegaard Undergraduate Library has served the students of the University of Washington as a critical academic facility since it was first constructed in 1972. Almost forty years later, it remains the most utilized student study and research space on campus with more than 10,000 students per day passing through its doors. Renovation of Odegaard will significantly increase active learning spaces and study area utilization in one of the UW‘s most important student learning facilities. This first phase of a multi-phase renovation project which will take place over several years will begin the process of providing a more operationally efficient, one-stop learning environment that supports formal and informal learning, while incorporating new innovative classrooms. It also will provide flexible and dedicated areas for undergraduate teaching and discovery, while renewing an important existing facility in the heart of the UW undergraduate education environment.

The Miller Hull Partnership is the project architect. They will work with the campus to gather student and faculty input through mid-October, and will present their initial design concepts and scopes of work in mid-December to the University of Washington Architectural Commission. After further development of the building design, construction will begin in June 2012. Mortenson Construction is the General Contractor / Construction Manager (GC/CM) for the project. Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, dean of University Libraries, noted, “I hope students are as excited as we are about making this a space that revolves around what the students want it to be – a flexible space that allows the technology-savvy and technology-equipped students of the University of Washington to do their best research, studying and collaboration.”

For more information and regular updates, visit http://blogs.uw.edu/ouglreno/

Jill McKinstry
Director of Odegaard Undergraduate Library
(206) 685-3933

Rebecca Barnes
University Architect, Office of Planning & Budget
Chair, Odegaard Phase I Working Group
206 543-4382

Notes and Progress on Odegaard Undergraduate Library Renovation, 2/2012

The Miller-Hull architects, Mortenson Construction, the UW Working Group on Renovation and OUGL staff are all hard at work planning for the upcoming renovation of OUGL’s first floor and mezzanine. We have news to share with you about the plans. In order to create more user space on the first floor, the iconic staircase will be demolished this summer to be replaced by a smaller profile staircase and an open three-story atrium with a skylight. Also on the first floor will be three active learning spaces i.e., new term for hands-on classrooms with flexible furniture, multiple flat-panel display projection systems, glass panels or white boards, round tables that accommodate teams of students, and a centered teaching station that allows selection and display of table-specific information. See http://www.classroom.umn.edu/projects/alc.html for a good example of active learning classrooms.

A writing and research consultation area will be located on the first floor, west side, where reference and writing assistance will be co-located. The fins of the building (window and wall insets) will be furnished with data diners for individual or small group use. High-tech group study rooms are also planned.

The mezzanine (currently housing the Media Center) will be built out to the exterior walls on the north and south sides. Staff will have offices in the new space along with a staff conference room and open workspace areas. A small staircase is planned to go from the first floor to the mezzanine; an existing elevator will also serve the space. The third floor will be glassed in to create a more truly quiet floor.

Calendar dates that are currently set include:

June 9 – September 24, 2012: Floors 1, 2 and 3 in OUGL will be closed entirely for the summer to work on major demolition and construction. Services on the ground floor, By George Cafe, Newsstand, the Visitors Center and Husky ID Center will remain open.

June 18 – September 24, 2012: The Media Center, including staff and collections, will be housed on Suzzallo 3rd floor in the former Periodicals space. The desk will support media circulation, print reserves for the summer, and laptop check-out*. Location after the summer will be determined. *Laptops purchased in partnership with Classroom Support Services with STF funds.

September 24, 2012 – June 14, 2013: Floors 2 and 3 will be open. The computer lab, Computer Vet, reference, reserves, the Odegaard Writing and Research Center, circulation desk will all be open for business. The By George ground floor area services will also be open. The first floor will be under construction and will remain closed.

June 9, 2012 – late-summer 2013: Odegaard staff offices will be located in trailers between the library and the Henry Art Gallery, just north of the 9 Spaces, 9 Trees exhibit.

Late summer 2013: Renovation of the first floor and mezzanine will be complete; staff will move back into the building and the new spaces will be ready for use.