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Release Date: Sunday, August 19, 2012 10:31 PM
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By Rachel Mann
University News
August 7, 2012
Undergraduate Library to Undergo Major Renovation and Library System Receives Research Upgrades

WASHINGTON ­– Over the next year, the Undergraduate Library will undergo an extensive makeover beginning this month. When the library reopens in Fall 2013, it will boast several upgrades, including a café, state-of-the-art technology and research services, redesigned study and collaboration spaces and increased accessibility to book collections and resources on and off campus. 

“The Undergraduate Library will undergo changes that foster research and collaboration by both students and faculty,” said Howard Dodson, director of the Howard University Library System and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.

Dodson added, “The new design will include new group study rooms, complete with smart boards, white boards, as well as updated Wi-Fi capabilities, and new computers to name a few.”

During renovations, Founders Library will become the provider for all undergraduate and graduate library services. 
This is part of a phased facility renewal initiative, a multi-million dollar campus-wide renovation project that began in 2011. 

Access to resources will also become more user friendly with “Genius Bar” inspired service desks, which will be installed throughout the library and manned by librarians and staff to help visitors navigate the systems and find answers to their research needs.

This semester, Howard students will immediately begin to enjoy an improved ALADIN catalog system, which provides access to resources at Howard and the eight-member universities in the Washington Research Library Consortium. This makes searching for, requesting and retrieving library materials faster and easier.

Howard joined the Consortium in January 2012 and has since increased its title offerings from 2.5 million to 11 million titles through the network.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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