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Stony Brook University

2016-2017 Strategic Plan Goals, Operations & Facilities


Clean and comfortable physical appearance and properly functioned facilities are the essential elements for Libraries.  At night and on weekends, the Libraries' evening and weekend team manages the library's physical environment and face-to-face services so that students and faculty can take full advantage of the library's space and resources.


We provide a variety of physical spaces/facilities and user services during off-hours conducive to student and faculty learning and research.

Guiding Principles with Goals

Promote Academic Engagement

  • Survey to find out patron research needs in regard to facilities/space

    • We did informal survey to find out what patrons need most for doing research in library and based on that we designed our plan for the renovation or reading rooms.

  • Coordinate with other units such as TLT to offer optimum services

    • Worked closely with TLT in renovation project to move/change/set new computer access and system in NRR and CRR

    • Coordinated to move/discard TLT old furniture in NRR and CRR before renovation


Build, Preserve, and Provide Access to Rich and Diverse Collections

  • Adjust shelf space to respond to changes in collection

    • Moved around 100,000 volumes of science bound journals to off-site storage,

    • Relocated 21,010 volumes of government documents to 4th floor storage after heavy weeding

    • Merged 88,000 volumes of science monographs to one areas from three separate areas

    • Moved 17,000 CRR ref. collection from 1st floor to the second floor

    • Relocated 16,000 items of Soil Surveys from 2nd floor to the 4th floor storage room

    • Dismantled and removed 20,000 linear ft. of shelves from two reading rooms and created double the seating space on the CRR second floor

    • Moved and rearranged 24 map cases after weeding and discarded 36 cases

  • Support preservation/emergency needs, keep manual updated regularly

    • Updated Emergency Manual for Melville Library in March 2016

    • Moved 150+ microform cabinets to student dormitory basement for temporary storage and preservation.

    • Invited police for staff emergency training classes in January and September each year 


Develop Responsive Library Spaces for Diverse Communities

  • Examine statistical data to access space usage

    • Examined traffic statistics of each area, study the recent trend during different times of the year to decide opening hours and staff coverage. 

  • Designate NRR first floor as individual quiet study area

    • Designated different areas on the first and second floor for individual quiet study area with signs after the renovation

  • Designate and establish group study area/room on the first floor of CRR

    • Plan to build group study rooms in CRR first floor under renovation

    • Designated area and built group study rooms on both first and second floor of NRR

  • Install more electrical outlet/charging stations and make those stations easy to access

    • Hundreds of electrical outlet/charging system are part of all new furniture in newly renovated NRR

    • More will be installed for the CRR first floor under renovation project


Foster an Innovative Culture of Learning and Assessment

  • Improve/update public furniture
    • All 21st century public furniture has been installed in finished NRR two floors
    • More will be done in CRR under renovation 
  • Consistent patrol in all public spaces to discourage food and control noise problem
    • Organized night/weekend staff to join the effort in confining and enforcing the new policy of "food and drink" designed by Access Service
    • A systematic sign of staff hourly patrol is in place and will be enforced soon