The medical school will begin renovations next spring to physically transform the spaces of the Galter Health Sciences Library to meet the needs of the 21st century.

“Our library is integral to the dissemination of research and the comprehension of impact,” said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, senior associate dean for clinical and translational research and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, who spoke at an October 14 presentation of the library’s plans for the future.

Architectural plans call for problem-based and team-based learning rooms, as well as 24-hour study spaces for students. Furniture selection will be based on feedback gleaned from a student survey and could include standing desks and semi-enclosed study pods. The historical reading room and Dollie’s Corner, a welcoming space for reading or studying, will not be altered during the renovation.

Today with data being collected in every way possible, biomedical data and information has become critical to advancing research and education. Over the past year and a half, the Galter Library has adapted to the needs of its users by organizing its core service areas to focus on: digital systems and collections services; research and information services; and user services.