Library Grand Re-opening April 3
In 1987, when Boreham Library opened its doors to the 4,000 students of Westark Community College, it was a state-of-the-art facility—29,000 square feet of sound-proofed, humidity-controlled space complete with brand-new CD-ROM technology, four (yes, four) personal computers, and soon after, an automated checkout system to replace manually stamped cards.
Today, with the addition of the new Learning and Research Center and a comprehensive renovation of the existing structure, the more than 7,000 students of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith again enjoy a state-of-the-art library—a facility that also serves as the capstone on the remarkable, decade-long transformation of Westark into a premier regional university.
The new Boreham Library is:
Research-ready with space for 93% more nonfiction volumes, 120% more fiction, 26% more reference, 53% more audiovisual resources, and 33% more periodicals—all housed in a building well over twice the size of the original Boreham Library.
Tech-forward with 128 new computer terminals, a cutting-edge electronic discovery service that makes finding holdings as easy as a Google search, and charging stations and wi-fi service throughout for today’s—and tomorrow’s—wireless devices.
Student-centric with a 24-hour study and computer-access area, more than 100 new seats in inviting lounge areas, and an airy, bright interior, sophisticated yet welcoming, that translates to an outstanding learning environment.
Community-minded with a dedicated suite of conference rooms, presentation venues, and labs—the Babb Center—for student and alumni professional development and collaboration with regional business and industry.
We sincerely hope you’ll join us April 3 for a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on the steps of the Learning and Research Center, with library tours afterward. This is a very big day for UAFS, and we want our alumni to be part of it. Even though you’re no longer students this is still your university.