The first floor of the Main Library underwent remodeling from Dec. 26 to Feb. 17. According to a staff member of the Main Library, the remodeling has been done to change the organization of the Main Library’s first floor. “Through this remodeling, the first floor of the Main Library will be changed to a place with more computer-related activities,” the staff said. The Student Council, Siwon posted the plan that the university is planning to change the first floor into a place where students can read books and have meetings on Gwangjang, the UOS online community. The objectives of the remodeling include using the space more effectively, as only a limited amount of space was used before. The Internet Cafe, which was the room on the first floor where students could use computers, will be replaced with an open space, so more space can be used with a purpose. “Also, the interior design is going to be changed during the remodeling,” the staff added.
In addition, during the remodeling, a temporary pathway was made at the first floor in order to allow students who use the upper floors. However, since the pathway is the only space allowed for passersby, the lockers at the first floor could not be used during the remodeling.
Moreover, the entire Main Library, including the reading room in the third floor, was closed from Dec. 26 until Jan. 1, even though it is only the first floor that has undergone remodeling. There were two reasons for the prohibition. The first reason was a safety issue. The other was the condition of the Main Library, which was inappropriate for reading books or studying. The first step of the remodeling process included electric work, which made basic facilities such as lighting and heating unavailable. The due date of the books that had to be returned during the period was postponed to Jan. 2.