WCC Library Complex On Track For Fall Semester Opening

It’s been nearly two years since Windward Community College broke ground for its Library Learning Commons, envisioned as an “elegant, friendly and welcoming gathering space” to inspire learning and support student success – and it’s almost ready.

The complex is expected to be operational for fall semester, and a grand opening ceremony and celebration are planned for Sept. 4-7.

“We have expanded study space in the new building, and we also will have more computers and study rooms where students can gather in groups to have more collaborative learning,” explained head librarian Nancy Heu. “It’s built on a principle of flexibility, so we’re including furniture that can be moved and rearranged if need be.”

The three-story structure houses the library media center, computer services and the Ka Piko Student Success Center, which includes testing and tutoring services and labs for speech, math and writing. It also has a media lab and a new classroom tailored to the art with high-end equipment for video and audio editing, as well as video studios.

“It’s kind of like a one-stop center that supports the students’ academic careers,” Heu said. “They have classes, and we provide the library, tutoring and computer services that they need.”

Also in the mix: a classroom for library instruction, eight study rooms for group work, two meeting rooms, more study space with lounge seating, 25 computers, a Hawaiian collection room and information commons. And what college would be complete without a coffee shop that has booth seating?

The project broke ground in the spring of 2010. A history of the building and virtual “fly-through” are available by visiting wccllc.blogspot.com.