EDUCATION. Since autumn, after a year of waiting, the students of the Cégep de Drummondville have access to a brand new library, modern and bright that meets their needs.
In August 2020, a few days before the start of the school year, a fire broke out in the university library. The deployment of around thirty firefighters quickly brought the incident under control. The smoke and soot still caused extensive damage. An extensive cleaning and decontamination campaign was carried out.
“The soot covered all the documents, the walls, the floors and the furniture. A moving company packed dusted and washed books in boxes. Everything was packed and stored,” explains Sylviane Houle, specialist in teaching methods and techniques at Cégep de Drummondville.
The library doors were closed to the student community for two sessions. “The library has been moved to a temporary class. Almost 400 books were in circulation. These were documents that teachers or students had at the time of the fire,” she said. If a user needed a book that was not in stock, he could order it via interlibrary loan.
The work was completed in July 2021. No fewer than 900 boxes of books were delivered to Cégep de Drummondville. “They were everywhere!” says Sylviane Houle. For the following month, the library team worked very hard to place and classify the documents on the shelves. It was a real headache. Their efforts paid off because everything was prepared for the start of autumn.
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The Cégep de Drummondville undertook extensive work on the library in 2018, representing an investment of around $1.5 million. No major changes have been made as part of the recent renovations.
The design of the place is very clean and modern. Natural light is omnipresent. There are workstations with computers in the lobby. A section is dedicated to magazines, books, comics and reference works. The Cégep de Drummondville also owns the Pierre Lapointe collection of dance books.
In the audio-video library there is a projector, records, films and CDs. Rooms for teamwork are also available to students. In these rooms are help centers for success in French, English, science and methodology and intellectual work.
The library team is proactive and organizes several activities including Jukebox Fridays where vinyls are on display. There is also the seed library. Students and staff bring a bag of vegetable, fruit, or flower seeds that gives them permission to dip into the lot.
Despite the few challenges, Sylviane Houle is optimistic about the future.
“We have a challenge at the support level. There are books that are no longer made on paper. Our offering is mostly printed, but quietly we need to start thinking about a move to digital collections. With distance learning, it is appreciated,” she concludes.