By: Commentator Staff  | 

Library Moves Down to Larger Quarters (Vol. 2, Issue 9)

With the moving of the College Library to the College Concourse as the most important feature, a far-reaching reorganization for the various library units in Yeshiva was set in motion last week. Brought to fruition chiefly through the combined efforts of Dr. Solomon Liptzin, head of the faculty committee on the library, and the library staff, headed by Isaac Goldberg ’33, the plans were a result of recommendations submitted by student committees last term.

Other changes included the moving of the Teachers institute library into the room formerly occupied by the reference department of the college. The Institute Library’s former quarters on the fourth floor will become the new offices of the Nir, student publication of the Institute.

In quarters which are both roomy and comfortable, easily capable of accommodating 30,000 volumes, facilities will be introduced to make the library an integral part of student life.

The new location will also have steel book-shelves and a large catalogue-cabinet to facilitate students in their search for books. Because the new quarters are so large, volumes which had heretofore been out of circulation, because of limited space, will be made available. In addition, through the combined efforts of the faculty, a magazine rack containing the latest periodicals will be introduced.

It is also planned to extend the time schedule of the reading-room to a later hour, thus allowing students the use of desired texts at any hour of the day. It is expected that the volunteer library staff will have to be increased to cope with the larger volume of books.

In an interview Dr. Liptzin disclosed that the new changes were due to a feeling that college extra-curricula activities should be centralized as much as possible, and so the College Concourse was created, containing the Commentator offices, the gymnasium and the library within a short distance of each other. He also stated that the library was no attaining full growth chiefly as a result of student initiative. “The work,” he said, “has only begun.”