Squires Library introduces revamped café
The Squires Library has recently revealed its new café “ConnCepts,” located on the first floor.
What was formerly known as “Snack ‘n’ Stacks” located behind the circulation desk is now in the view of every individual that comes through the library’s front entrance.
In August, Dining Services held a contest that invited students to submit suggestions for the new café’s name. “ConnCepts” took the prize and solidified the name change.
Theology graduate student Jimmy Lewis appreciates the changes made over the summer to the design of the café.
“I think it looks nicer,” Lewis said. “It looks more like a café, and there are more options.”
Library visitors are not the only ones who have noticed a change. Assistant Director of Library Services Lori Mattace said the shifts in infrastructure have led to more students visiting the café.
“We moved the café to a more open area for visibility and easier access,” Mattace said. “It will be something that students see when they walk in, whereas before it was more hidden from view. We’ve already seen an increase in sales and more foot traffic in the new area.”
The area “Snacks ‘n’ Stacks” formerly occupied will now be an art gallery displaying student work. Art and music references as well as a space for studying will complete the space, according to Mattace.
The library is a common place for students to come study or find new study materials. Mattace said it should have an open, easy atmosphere, and the café helps to add to the feeling of being relaxed.
“I think libraries used to have a reputation of ‘You couldn’t talk…eat…do anything.’ You were just here to study,” Mattace said. “So I think [the café] gives it much more of a relaxed feel, which is much more like the people who staff the library; we’re much more relaxed. I think it just makes it more welcoming.”
The library staff, like Mattace, said they encourage students to come by and enjoy the new café.
“ConnCepts” is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.