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Photo of the new connection lounge on the first floor of the library
Photo by Marie Catanese

Students relax and check out the latest popular reading at the new Library Connection lounge. The new lounge is a product of a partnership between CSU and the Cleveland Public Library. Eventually the lounge will have a TV broadcasting the latest cable news.

New lounge attracts more readers

Somewhere between text-books and tests, many college students struggle to find time for pleasure reading.

A recent study cited at the grand opening of the Cleveland State University Library Connection Lounge showed reading for recreation on the decline, especially among 18 to 24-year-olds.

On Aug. 30, the CSU Library, in partnership with Cleveland Public Library presented to the campus the new Library Connection Lounge.

The area welcomes library patrons with its carpet of brightly colored squares, mobiles that imitate clouds, big comfortable chairs and, courtesy of Cleveland Public Library, two large shelves filled with popular reading.

“A connection lounge is a comfortable place where students, staff and faculty can connect with information,” said Library Director Glenda Thornton. The lounge will be a place for students to get the latest news, study, meet with friends and check out some of the latest fiction.

While CSU spends about $2 million a year on research materials, popular contemp-orary works often won’t fit into the budget, Thornton said. Now, thanks to Cleveland Public Library and CSU’s vision, all you need is a Cleveland Public Library Greater Access Card to check out the popular reading materials housed in the lounge.

For added convenience, the lounge features a CPL self-checkout station where the card can be scanned and materials loaned instantly.

“We are pleased to be able to bring the public library to where the people are,” said Andrew A. Venable, director of Cleveland Public Library.

He said the partnership between The People’s University, as Cleveland Public Library is commonly known for the education they bring to the city, and Cleveland State University was a natural one. Today, Cleveland Public Library is the third largest public research library in America.

President Michael Schwartz was also on hand at the grand opening of the Connection Lounge and spoke to the standing-room-only audience about the benefits of reading. “We need to be able to demonstrate to our students that reading is very important to a full life,” he said. “[The lounge] is a great addition to our campus and will bring new patrons to our library.”

Also present at the grand opening ceremony were Charlene Jones, President of the Cleveland Public Library Board of Trustees and the State Librarian of Ohio Joanne Budler.

The new lounge is equipped with electrical outlets and LAN connections, network outlets for laptop computers. Wireless network access is also available through the library. Eventually, the lounge will feature a large-screen television with continuous, caption-only, cable newscasts.

For more information on the Library Connection Lounge visit

To apply for a greater access card visit the CSU Library or the Main Library Lending Department. For questions about the Greater Access Card call Cleveland Public Library at (216)623-2800.

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