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.