With every “new year” comes new opportunities.

As 2013 kicks off and Collin College spring semester courses begin, one such occasion for students is the Jan. 22 opening of the new Spring Creek Campus Library.

Described by Collin College District President Cary Israel as a “comfortable, interactive oasis for learning,” the new library is a two-story, 88,000-square feet majestic structure that features a 15-foot armillary sphere as its new front entrance.

Complimenting the new design are striking classic stone columns and brick accents that lead into a grand reading room capped by a 60-foot dome and overlooking a grassy courtyard.

On the second floor, classrooms, study rooms, faculty offices and an instructional design center overlook the reading room. Overall, the new library includes 16 classrooms.

One of the most interesting features of the new library is its mock trial courtroom on the second floor. There, aspiring student attorneys from the college’s mock trial team can learn to plead cases in front of the bench, complete with audio and video.

“The new library will be the cornerstone of the campus, and it will provide a dynamic new learning environment for our students,” said Dr. Mary McRae, vice president/provost of the Spring Creek Campus. “The library also features a new e-learning center, quiet study spaces, reading areas and a computer quick study area for students.”

To view and experience all of the new library’s features, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the new Spring Creek Library.

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