Quest for space : Rhodes University Library odyssey 1904-2010

van der Riet, Sue (2010) Quest for space : Rhodes University Library odyssey 1904-2010. RU Library, Grahamstown. (Unpublished)




The completion in 2010 of the magnificent new and expanded Rhodes University Library, billed as Rhodes' most intelligent building, seems an appropriate time to trace its history and reflect on the events that led to this much-needed facility and the enormous amount of planning, canvassing, pleading, persuasion and fundraising that brought it to fruition. It is the nature of libraries to devour space. Collections grow exponentially, creating a voracious and insatiable appetite for more and more places in which to store them. In addition, as users’ needs change over time, there is an ongoing demand for working areas which are versatile, able to accommodate modern paradigms of teaching and learning which now necessitate group study areas with computer access, yet which remain inviting and attractive to a broad range of students and researchers who wish simply to find a congenial space to study. The ongoing shortage of space, and the need to accommodate evolving patterns of use, common to most academic libraries, fuelled the engine which drove the Rhodes Library on its circuitous journey from humble lodgings in a single room in the old Drostdy Building more than a hundred years ago, to its final destination in the imposing position it occupies today. A constant refrain was to be money – or more aptly, the lack of it.

Item Type:Other
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rhodes University Library history, library space, library building design
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Divisions:Support Units > Library
ID Code:1912
Deposited By: Rhodes Library Archive Administrator
Deposited On:30 May 2011 10:20
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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