University of Calgary

Taylor Family Digital Library

December 14, 2010

New year—new library space

By Donna Livingstone

TFDLTom Hickerson, vice provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and university librarian, delivers the first book to the new Taylor Family Digital Library.On Jan. 3, 2011, the first two floors of the Learning Commons in the new Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) will open for use, the first stage in a continuous transition as books, journals, collections and services are shifted from the MacKimmie Library building into the new building and to the High Density Library.

Excitement is growing as books and journals are moving daily from MacKimmie Library into the TFDL. Nearly a quarter of the books are now in place since the move began on Nov. 9, and special “runners” are retrieving materials between the two buildings for pick up at the main circulation holding area in the main floor of the MacKimmie Library for pick-up.

“We are really pleased with the move,” says Jackie Bell, program director for the TFDL. “The stacks are filling up quickly and there is room to grow the collection. Users will enjoy being able to browse the stacks without having rows of books on the floor.”

Researchers can check the library website each day to see which areas are being affected at

Four things you need to know about the library for Winter Term:

  1. The Information Commons in the MacKimmie Library, second floor Link and Block, is moving to the first and second floors of the TFDL and will become the Learning Commons.
  2. In January, books being returned to MacKimmie and the TFDL should be returned at the TFDL (book return slots on the east and west entrance doors and on the Plus 15 level entrance).
  3. All books on order should be picked up at the TFDL Learning Commons, open retrieval area behind the integrated service desk on the main floor.
  4. Please be patient; this is a very complex move and everyone is working hard to provide the best possible service.

The Information Commons on the second floor of the MacKimmie Library Link and Block will be closing Dec. 24 when the university closes for the holiday. When library services re-open on Jan. 3, please proceed across the Plus 15 to the new Learning Commons in the Taylor Family Digital Library where you will find two light-filled floors of comfortable seating, brand-new work stations and 100 percent wireless service!

The new Learning Commons will feature several improvements including a single integrated service desk on the first floor, combining services formerly offered at the Information Commons and the Circulation desk within MacKimmie Library. Library staff and IT navigators will rove between both floors to assist students where they are working. Convenient self-service for taking out and returning books will be available as well as touch-table technology, RFID security gates and book sorting system. The Learning Commons will continue to offer services formerly offered within the Information Commons including technology support and detailed reference assistance.

Stack floors in the MacKimmie Tower and Block will continue to be open into the winter term with the stacks accessible. Books can be taken out from the circulation desk on the main floor. During the move, the stacks in the TFDL will be closed. Staff will retrieve books on request and deliver them to an open retrieval shelf near the Integrated Services Desk on the first floor of the TFDL Learning Commons for pickup

MacKimmie Library is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. MacKimmie library observes weekend hours on statutory holidays.

The TFDL Learning Commons is open during Block Week Jan. 3 - 4 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday Jan. 9 - 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Starting Monday Jan. 10, the Learning Commons is open 24 hours a day Monday to Friday closing at 8 p.m. on Fridays and reopening at 10 a.m. on Sundays. It is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Check the Library website for regular updates:

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