Southeast’s Kent Library Celebrates National Library Week


Kent Coffee Cart and Sadie’s Place give students new place for study, relaxing

Photo of Sadie's Place

Sadie’s Place can be found on the main floor of Southeast’s Kent Library.(View a larger image of Sadie’s Place)


April 6, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Kent Library celebrated National Library Week last week with the unveiling of a newly remodeled, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing main floor.

A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for the University community formally marked the opening of the Kent Coffee Cart and Sadie’s Place, a comfortable, yet high-tech lounge reminiscent of Barnes and Noble that invites students to relax with a cup of coffee while they meet with study groups, browse through newspapers and the latest book titles, or surf the internet.

In an effort to better serve student needs, Kent Library recently underwent an extensive renovation on its main floor, completing Phase I of the Library’s two-phase remodeling effort. Phase I consists of the Kent Coffee Cart and Sadie’s Place. Phase II, the Information Commons on the third floor, the largest part of the remodeling. Construction is planned to begin on Phase II in May 2007.

Sadie’s Place is named in honor of the first campus librarian, Miss Sadie Kent. Sadie’s Place features two new group study rooms, browsing shelves for new book titles and New York Times best sellers, and a browsing collection of nearly 100 current magazines, journals and newspapers. Computer stations at individual tables are spread throughout the area for student research, and the Library’s wireless environment allows laptops, personal or library loaned, to be used throughout.

Photo of Kent Coffee Cart

A new addition to Kent Library, the Kent Coffee Cart allows students quick access to their favorite cup of coffee for their extended study sessions.(View a larger image of the Kent Coffee Cart)