<New Information Center Launched>
Starting from this semester, library services, such as, lending and returning, will be administrated at the new Information Center located on the first floor of the Paiknam Library & Academic Information Center. This change was introduced to reduce the time cost and enhance the convenience of the Hanyangians. Since materials except periodicals and magazines are managed on the first floor, it is less confusing for the students. Also the periodicals and magazine room was established renovated on the third floor. In the past, all of magazines and periodicals of the library were stored in that room and people were not allowed to carry the materials out of the room.
<Improvements in Student Welfare>
The old students’ lounge with its old lockers, which was located on the basement, was renovated into a new café-like atmosphere.; This new lounge includes new tables and a bar-table. This new basement lounge will be opened 24 hours a day so that the students can always use this place while studying.
Also, an education room was established with 34 internet connected computers. This place is also planned to be used for educational purposes.
Group study rooms were created by the new student lounge. Each study rooms have a table designed for six people and a three -sided wall of the whiteboards;.Therefore, students can write and erase on the wall with the whiteboard markers. These rooms are open from 9am to 9pm and each student can have it reserved for three hours maximum. Students are free to use any rooms if they are not reserved.
Upon the request of General Student Union and General Female Student Association of Hanyang University, resting room only for women, was built inside the new lounge. There is a bed, three couches, tables, and three computers for their convenience. A lounge located in the third floor which was commonly used as a smoking area by the students, was also remodeled into an outside park with trees and decks. Smoking is not allowed in this area.
Cho Wang-keun, a chief of the Information Support team of the Paiknam Library & Academic Information Center, stated, “Major universities in Korea such as Yonsei and Korea Universities are renovating or rebuilding their libraries. Facilities of HYU’s library were very old and needed a renovation. So we decided to come up with some great changes. I hope students like the change and make a good use of it.”