Temple University CLOSING Science and Engineering Library
Hundreds, if not thousands, of engineering and science students rely on the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) as a haven for completing group design projects, doing homework, and general comradery throughout any given week. There is no other place on campus that provides a space for such collaboration. Many College of Engineering (CoE) undergraduate teaching assistants and tutors utilize SEL to help students who are struggling with course material. Furthermore, the Library serves as a meeting spot for numerous professional student organizations. Reference librarians and staff help students with engineering-specific research. A large amount of CoE students are commuters who cannot always take their work home with them, and rely on SEL for the resources they need day-to-day. Moreover, significant investments have been made to upgrade computers and software in the Library, a valuable improvement that should not go to waste. These are only a few examples of the value SEL adds to the CoE. The CoE plan on utilizing the space for more lab and office spaces.
While we recognize the need for up-to-date laboratory facilities, sacrificing the library would severely undermine the quality of the undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering. We ask that the CoE administration consider and commit to an alternative option that does not result in the loss of the SEL.
**Petition is not associated with the SEL or staff. This is an independantly student run petition.**