Throughout fall semester, Libraries faculty and staff kept remarking how much busier the library seemed. Numbers in from the gate-count mechanism at the doors to Pattee Library and Paterno Library confirm this perception and add up to more than one million students, faculty, staff and community members who entered the library this fall. In fact the number is 74,185 higher than any previous semester.
Joe Fennewald, head of the Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons, offers this explanation. He says, “From the first day of classes in August, students began to throng into the Knowledge Commons, utilizing its many services and study spaces. Word of mouth and social media must have gotten our message out quickly to many students.”