When Joseph and Bess Kindlon donated money for the building that bears their name, Joe Kindlon insisted that it include a lower level although there was no money available at the time for its completion.
Joseph Kindlon's foresight was rewarded when in May of 2012, work began to convert the lower level of Kindlon Hall into a "Library Resource Center". This lower level houses the library's circulating collection of books and other resources for students, special collections, a quiet zone, private study areas and a computer lab. The evolving nature of digital technology and increasing use of the Internet for research contributed to this design. This renovation not only addressed some of the noise level challenges with the old library design, it implemented improved organizational methods to maximize wasted space and increased usable space overall. Four new classrooms were also added to the lower level of Kindlon Hall.
Converting part of the lower level of Kindlon Hall into a "Library Resource Center" made possible the conversion of the second and third floors into the "Kindlon Learning Commons".
These Learning Commons facilitate cross-disciplinary learning outside the classroom and enhance social interaction among students. Each common enables students to experience a blended library environment - one which combines "traditional" library resources with integrated information technology.
The reconfiguration allows for the more efficient use of available space. The second floor includes reference materials, technology, tables, chairs and soft seating open group study areas. The third floor includes reference materials, a quiet zone, a help area and offices.