Posted by: bluesyemre | September 2, 2014

Florida Polytechnic University’s (FPU) Bookless Library #BooklessLibraries


  • Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books. FPU’s flagship structure is the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building. A white dome topped with 12-story-high butterfly wings with louvered panels that move to shade the 162,000-square-foot creation from the Florida sun, the IST was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and cost $60 million dollars to construct. It houses classrooms, labs, and office space, as well as the library. The 11,000-square-foot Florida Polytechnic library, on the second floor of the IST Building, is open in design and modern in furnishings. Called The Commons, it is staffed by a six-person library team that’s headed by Director of Libraries Kathryn Miller. There are also two additional full-time librarians and three part-time faculty members who are available to assist students and faculty with research.

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