Words and Photos by REED NELSON and TED SHORACK
6-22-2011— The 3rd floor is a quiet and serene area of the Knight Library, although the word “obsolete” may more accurately describe this region of the building. With so little foot traffic, its many study rooms are almost unnecessary. Well, almost as unnecessary as the extensive Dewey Decimal System located on the scenic balcony, which has not been updated, according to its placards, since July 1, 1987. In that respect, the third floor truly is a blast from the past.
But all joking aside, while the Dewey Decimal System may seem unnecessary, there is truly a wealth of information to be found on the third floor, including a music library with back issues from periodicals consolidated into easy-to-locate volumes to stacks upon stacks of sheet music as well as an information desk. Located in the Douglas Listening Room, however, is one of the most extensive music collections in town as well as the crown jewel of the third floor. Inside there are CD’s, LP’s record players and even a piano room. “Our collection here is available to go out for a week at a time,” said Leslie Bennett, head of the Music Services Department, about the vast collection of CD’s. “And they are available to all students.” And while the LP’s are not available to check out, there are great listening facilities on site, according to Bennett, including turntables and reel-to-reels.
Also found on the third floor is an extensive Russian collection, with books ranging from text books to original Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Nicely juxtaposing the serious nature of Russian literature, Math and Latin American Studies is the McKnight Juvenile Collection complete with six or seven stacks of children’s books. And rounding out the selection is the diverse oversize collection located near study tables.
With over 20 individual study rooms the third floor also provides students who are seeking an unobtrusive environment with a quiet area to study in. And for those students who enjoy a scenic break, there is a balcony overlooking the second floor and the historical cemetery.