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Whether you’re looking for a place to study, relax or grab a snack, make The Nest in Morris Library Commons your go-to option.
The Nest is made up of the study area in the Library Commons and three new eateries. It boasts a fireplace, casual seating and self-service snacks.
The common area—open 24 hours a day, seven days a week—has returned after a major renovation with a new design, new name and new dining options.
Inside, you’ll find a variety of modern seating for groups and individuals, lounge chairs, a cozy fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows that brighten the room. You’ll also find three new eateries.
The Marketplace, which is also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is the place to find fresh on-the-go food, snacks and beverages. The coffee bar, Tasting Grounds, offers specialty coffee drinks, handcrafted beverages and smoothies. The pop-up lunch spot, which just opened this semester, will provide made-to-order lunch entrees that follow a weekly theme Monday through Friday.
The best news of all? The soup is back!
Graduate Student Study Area
Graduate students will find a variety of workspaces in the newly renovated Graduate Student Study Area, such as carrels, tables with dividers and eight new group study rooms.
The new and improved Graduate Student Study Area on the third floor adds light, seating and exclusivity for graduate students who spend long hours in the Library.
You’ll find a variety of workspaces in the renovated area, which nearly doubles the amount of seating in the area from 65 to 121. It features a mix of carrels, tables with dividers, study pods and soft seating, as well as eight new group study rooms that graduate students can exclusively reserve and access via card swipe.
Digital lockers are also now available in the space for short-term use with just a quick tap of a UD ID.
While the Graduate Student Research Room on the first floor is tough competition, we think this might turn out to be graduate students’ new favorite study spot.
As you walk up the main stairs to the Atrium on the second floor, you’ll notice something new above your head: a sculpture composed of more than 20 unique, ribbon-like pieces of bending wood.
Standing in memory of Professor Emeritus Robert M. Stark, the sculpture was inspired by a Möbius strip, and designed with math in mind.
Created by artist and UD alumnus Kevin Bielicki, the sculpture stands in memory of Robert M. Stark, alumnus and professor emeritus of mathematical sciences and civil and environmental engineering at UD. Inspired by a Möbius strip, Bielicki designed the artwork with math, one of Stark’s areas of expertise, in mind.
Whether you’re looking down from the Atrium, up from the first floor or straight into it from the steps, the one-of-a-kind sculpture looks different at every angle.