The new UTC Library is beautiful (and these photos prove it)

The new UTC Library is beautiful (and these photos prove it)

January 17th, 2015 by Maura Friedman in Local Regional News

The front entrance of the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Maura Friedman/Times Free Press)

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Space — that's the first thing students notice when they walk into UTC's new $48 million library. The magnitude of the space. The variety of the spaces. Or at least that's what they tell Theresa Liedtka, the dean of the library.

"They'll sometimes just walk onto the second floor and jaws drop and eyes open," Liedtka said of when students see the sea of computers for the first time.

The new 180,000-square foot, five-story building is 40 percent larger than the Lupton Library it replaced.

"It's one of the most innovative buildings in Chattanooga," said Dominique Pennington, a computer science senior who was studying in the Roth Grand reading room. "You feel like you're walking through an Ikea store in some parts and in other parts you feel like you're at MIT."

Besides books, most now stored on the ground floor, the UTC Library boasts an advanced media studio, over 200 computers and 37 study rooms. Lietka likes to walk the library at least once a day to see which study spots are becoming student favorites.

"It makes it feel like an actual university," said Bryce Crutcher, a senior studying computer science. "We needed it."

Students echo these sentiments on social media, praising the library on Twitter and Instagram. The Times Free Press paid a visit to see firsthand the culmination of nearly five years of construction and three years of planning.

Light shimmers in the windows of the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Maura Friedman/Times Free Press)

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Allison Chapin, a freshman communications major, studies for English by a window at the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. "This library is really sweet and has a good view," Chapin said. (Maura Friedman/Times Free Press)

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(From left) Jacob Tallent and Eric Rhodes of Adman Electric check some wiring at the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Maura Friedman/Times Free Press)

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Morgan Boyd, sophomore business management major, studies for microeconomics at a computer station in the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. "It's quiet and I'm really enjoying the new library," Boyd said. (Maura Friedman/Times Free Press)

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Anitrea Harris, a sophomore biology major, looks for the book "Bound Feet in Western Dressing" for her World Civics class on the ground floor of the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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A woman reads by a window on an upper floor in the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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(From right to left) Third year physical therapy students Nick Peterson, Sarah Deardurff, Caitlin Cararra and Caghey Amerson study at the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. "It does make studying more of a pleasure," Amerson said of the new building.

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Stacks of books sit on moveable shelves on the ground floor of the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Andy Patterson, a senior molecular biology major, takes in the view at the new UTC library during his first visit on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. He said the old library was "a wide space and cramped at the same time" whereas the new one "looks really modern."

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Stacks department employee and exercise science freshman Santana Vasquez scans for missing books on the ground floor of the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. "Everything is really thought out and well-planned," Vasquez said of the new building.

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Jamison Colston, a junior civil engineering major, takes a break from his reading in an armchair at the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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(From left to right) Third year physical therapy students Nick Peterson, Sarah Deardurff, Caitlin Cararra and Caghey Amerson study in a room with a view at the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Stacks department employee and exercise science freshman Santana Vasquez looks for books that were not in their proper places on the ground floor of the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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A sign reads "Keep calm and do not reshelve books (we'll do that for you) at the new UTC library on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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The UTC Library's official grand opening is Thursday, January 29th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature a ribbon cutting, tours, scavenger hunts, music, photo booths, food and a passing of the book from the old library to the new facility. The community is invited to attend.


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