Set on the bluff and surrounded by panoramic views of the Pacific and the Los Angeles skyline, the new William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is expected to open in fall 2009, LMU officials say. The official groundbreaking was held October 1st.

With 88,000 square feet of space spread over three floors, the state-of-the-art library will feature a research and learning environment that merges information resources with technology, bringing together materials and services of a traditional library and the newer aspects of a digital library, according to LMU officials.

“The building will be a hub of intellectual and cultural activity on campus,” says Kristine Brancolini, dean of university libraries. “The library spaces and resources were designed to follow the trend of academic libraries to accommodate the varied needs of today’s users.”

A major highlight on the first floor will be the “information commons,” an area where researchers can learn, work and collaborate while using a variety of electronic resources, school officials say. A media lounge and varied study stations will provide a more casual environment.

Throughout the new library, various display spaces will showcase traveling and permanent exhibitions. Brancolini says the auditorium and seminar rooms will make it possible to increase the number of events offered to the public.

Since the basement will function as a two-story storage space, all of LMU’s extensive special collections and archives will be housed on-site. Students and other researchers will be able to retrieve items such as the collection of public official documents of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles and other unique art, artifacts and rare books that are currently stored off-campus.

The library is also expected to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which promotes an environmentally-compatible approach to sustainability in the design, construction and operation of the facility.

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