By: Jasmine Meadows
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.(UTC/The Loop) – The building of the new library is one of UTC’s hottest topics.
Dean of Lupton Library, Theresa Liedtka said, the anticipated opening is spring 2013, but hopes it opens earlier. She said the new library will consist of five floors and a big café with Starbucks.
“There will be actual classrooms going on in the library like now, where Southern’s Writing Room is a classroom and then we’ve got another one upstairs where they’re just university classes meet and that’s been really positive for us. That’s something new that we did here in the past three years and it’s great to get students in the library, you know, it’s like maybe they’ll stay when they’re done with their class, you never know,” said Liedtka.
Some upperclassmen fear that they may not get a chance to enjoy the new library before they graduate.
UTC student, Chrystal Hayes said, “I won’t be able to enjoy it, the library, because I am about to leave and it’s exciting because all the stuff I heard was going to be in there seems like the people whoever in 2013 is going to enjoy it, but I won’t be able to enjoy it with them, but it’s great for them.”
Liedtka said the library will be opened to alumni. She also said the main goal of the new library is to meet students’ needs outside the classroom and help them succeed at UTC.