Inclusive Spaces and Hopeful Voices 

Smiling portrait of Karen Estlund, Dean of Libraries.

 This issue of Stay Connected arrives as students are busily preparing for the final weeks of spring semester and graduation. It’s the time of year when we are reminded how critical library spaces are for students and how feelings of belonging are foundational to learning.  

This year, Morgan Library has already welcomed 233,279 visitors—the vast majority are undergraduate students. We’re focusing on asking user-focused questions to increase impact for a broad diversity of students as learners and leaders: 

  • How can we co-create spaces with students that make them feel safe, comfortable and productive? 
  • How can we make small changes for big wins in accessibility, flexibility and mobility? 
  • Where can library donors join in our strategic work for the greatest impact on students? 

You can read about how we’re collaborating to answer those questions in our feature story.  

We’re also highlighting just a few of the extraordinary voices of student employees who come from diverse majors and backgrounds, each with their own hopes and dreams for the future. You’ll learn more about the impactful work our students do and how their library work bolsters their present and future. 

Our work is enriched by the presence of many perspectives, and I’d like to extend an invitation to our Stay Connected readers and library community members to share with us their support and ideas for inclusive spaces. We can’t wait to hear from you. 

–  Karen Estlund, Dean of Colorado State University Libraries 


Creating Places Where Everyone Belongs

In a recent survey, 83% of Colorado State University students surveyed reported visiting the Morgan Library once a week or more, showing just how important the library is for students at CSU. It’s not just a space—it's a place where everyone belongs. 

Student Voices


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