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New library café hosts grand opening on Monday

New library café hosts grand opening on Monday

New library café hosts grand opening on Monday
February 14
14:33 2014

Matt Wood // Staff Writer

Blink and you just might miss the newest addition to Willis Library.

The new café, The Study, opened its doors to students and faculty in the first week of January and aims to provide locally roasted coffee, a new menu and a welcoming space for students.

Caroline Booth, director of communication and marketing for UNT libraries, said this was a “soft opening” to test day-to-day operations before a more publicized opening.

A grand opening event will take place Monday, Feb. 17. From 9 to 10 a.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., free small drip coffees will be available for students, as well as chances to win T-shirts and coupons.

Booth said The Study is intended to supplement some services previously offered in the union.

“There are fewer places for students to get a cup of coffee, fewer places to congregate,” she said.  “The library is a natural place for people to come and do their research or their group work.”

Pamela Moore, library administrative coordinator II, said the old café, the Cyber Café, did not offer enough space for students and that its location in the back of the library was not ideal.

“When it was in the back of the library a lot of people didn’t even know we had a cafe,” she said.

To remedy this, The Study is located directly on the left when walking into Willis Library. Music senior Brenna Caldwell said the smell of brewed coffee lured her into the new café.

“I was just walking by and I stopped and thought, ‘Is that caffeine?’” she said. “It’s really nice to have coffee on campus or when you’re working late at library.”

Caldwell said she didn’t particularly enjoy the Cyber Café, but The Study offers a much better experience.

“The atmosphere is much better here, and the coffee is better,” she said. “They’ve got a lot more options here, too.”

The café offers Bookish Coffee, a locally roasted coffee blend, to customers. Booth said she chose it because she wanted to support local business, and that the name was perfectly fitted for a library café.

“I was like “Oh my gosh, that could not be any better!’” she said. “It was perfect.”

Moore said the student reception has been positive so far, and Booth said she is pleased with how The Study turned out.

“It took a lot of people to get it done, and I think it turned out really well,” she said.

Feature photo: Sign Shop Technician John Green makes a new logo for Willis Study Cafe. The decor has not been completely finished yet. Photo by Zixian Chen / Senior Staff Photographer 

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