Downtown Milwaukee Campus Library puts fresh face on functionalism


Photo by Victoria Mohr

MATC students utilize the newly renovated library with computers, comfortable chairs and rows of books at the Downtown Milwaukee campus during their lunch break on Jan. 29.

The new, modern choices of collaborative space at the MATC Library are cool and inviting. Carrie Koening, the designer, provided sea-foam blues, Doublemint greens and cool steel grays to meet the eyes with a soothing environment for study or meetings. Plentiful availability of electrical outlets installed into the tables allows more freedom for those wishing to use their own equipment. The computer system is still the same, as well as ID verification, but the staircase giving direct access down to the Student Academic Support Center, is all brand new.
Connection of the two levels makes it easier for operations since both areas have the same hours. Those are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. as long as evening classes are in session, otherwise 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m.  – 4 p.m.
Librarian services can  also be attained in room C278 on Saturdays, but please check for announced times.
There is a Library Instruction room also added that will be available later in the 2015 semester.
Peggy Lasalle, Academic Services, said, “We’re excited about the new opportunities for collaboration in the new Library space.” Lasalle added, “We’ve had a lot of good response. I’ve heard people say things like it looks more like a university than a college. They think the decor is awesome and every space is useable with a calming effect.”
What better way to boost the productivity of our campus.