Temporary Computer Lab in Library Returns to Original Use But Adds New Purpose


Jen Wiemer, a senior art major from Columbia, Mo., enjoys the Pickler Memorial Library Reading Room.

The Student Union Building Quiet Lounge may be closed for renovation, but students still have a place to study beneath the University’s presidential portraits.

Several years ago the Reading Room in Pickler Memorial Library was temporarily converted to a computer lab for students.

When it came time to replace the old computers in that lab the Library and ITS staff decided to consolidate the temporary lab with the computer lab in Pickler Memorial Library 312. This consolidation would make better use of space available and save lab management costs. It also allowed the staff to return the Reading Room to its original intended purpose. In addition to housing 12 large reading tables and soft wing back chairs, the room now houses the University’s presidential portraits that had been hanging in the Student Union Building Quiet Lounge, but were removed due to the construction in the Student Union Building.

“The scale of the Library Reading Room was perfect for the portraits, which are such an important part of Truman’s history,” said Richard Coughlin, chief information officer and dean of libraries and museums. “The room provides a dignified space for the portraits while the portraits add color and interest to the room. The staff is also planning on adding additional electrical outlets so students can plug in laptop computers or other devices.”
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