Major overhaul in store for uSask libraries

December 13, 2012

More than one million books will be taken off the shelves of the University of Saskatchewan's 7 libraries, according to planning documents obtained by the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. 4 branches will be emptied of books should the plan be realized as described in the documents. The Veterinary Medicine Library will be the first branch affected, in September 2013, followed by the Engineering Library in September 2014. The Education and Music Library and Law Library will be affected at a later, to-be-determined time. The pared-down print collection will fit into 3 branches, the documents say. Action is being taken partly due to students taking out 42% fewer books than they were a decade ago, state the documents. A uSask official says the space freed up by removing bookshelves will be used to make learning spaces, group study areas, and "visualization centres." Saskatoon Star-Phoenix