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Sit back and relax at library oasis

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The new library oasis includes 14 cushy chairs and a 52-inch LCD screen showing images from the library’s Special Collections.

Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin

Where’s the latest hang-out on the east side of campus?

The first floor of the Daley Library, where there’s a comfortable alcove with cushy chairs, a digital display of rotating photographs from library collections and that necessity of modern life, a coffee shop.

A dedication for the new space will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. today on the first floor of the Daley Library. The campus community is welcome.

“The oasis is intended for small group discussion or quiet reading or relaxing,” said Mary Case, university librarian.

“It has already become the place to meet classmates or stop to organize one’s thoughts or spend a few quiet minutes before class.”

The space, next to the Daley Grind coffee shop, has 14 roomy chairs in shades of brown, blue and green, some with tables attached to hold books or food.

A 52-inch LCD screen shows images from the library’s Special Collections — “a wonderful way to engage students in experiencing and learning about our rare and special materials,” Case said.

Up first are photos from the “City 2000” Comer Collection, which captures Chicago in the year 2000.

The collection archive, donated to the UIC Library in 2001, includes more than 500,000 images of the city in the millennial year.

The next set of photographs will come from “A Century of Progress International Exposition,” images from the 1933 and 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago.

The oasis was funded by a donation from Provost R. Michael Tanner and his wife, Eileen Tanner, special assistant for campus relations, in partnership with the UIC Library and Project Oasis in the Office of Campus Learning Environments.

Eileen Tanner said she is excited to show the campus community the library’s digital images.

“I love getting the art that we have in Special Collections in front of people,” she said.

“People pass through there daily and we see it as a tremendous enhancement for the appearance of the space. It’s a comfortable place for students and other library patrons, and it’s very welcoming and inviting.”


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