October 21st, 2005
Mountaineer Spirit October 20, 2005
BY JANEY CINK
Sip on this. WVU students and employees will soon be able to enjoy a latte at the library.
Plans are in place to construct a coffee shop, complete with Starbucks products and food items, in the bay window area on the fourth floor of the Downtown Campus Library.
Construction on Eliza’s is set to begin Nov. 1 and should be completed by mid-February, Student Body President D.J. Casto announced during the Oct. 12 student Board of Governors meeting.
The coffee shop is named after Eliza J. Skinner, the first professionally trained librarian at WVU. She served as library director from 1897 until 1902, when she accepted a position with the Library of Congress.
Casto said the area will be large enough to seat 45 people, feature café-style tables and chairs and blend into the library’s existing decor.
Bookshelves will line some of the walls and house the current topics reading collection, and a limited number of newspapers may also be available for patron reading.
Hot and cold espresso drinks, freshly brewed gourmet coffee and tea, blended drinks to order, Italian sodas, hot chocolate, and bottled soft drinks, juice and water will be available for purchase. Eliza’s will also offer snacks.
Equipment and personnel are being provided by WVU Dining Services.
Tentative hours are Sunday-Wednesday from 3 p.m.-midnight and Thursday from 3-9 p.m. The shop will be closed on Friday and Saturday.