MARU, the maker space located at the fourth floor of the central library, stands for “Make and Revolutionize U.”
/Photography by Yoo Joon-sang
About half of 2022 has already passed, and along with the upcoming final exam period, the first semester of 2022 is also nearing the end. Many students visit the central library or the Law Hall reading room during the exam period to study for their exams. The Law Library, located at the Law Hall, operates three reading rooms on four floors. Any Dongguk University student can freely use this place after getting an assigned seat and setting hours of use at the kiosk in front of each reading room. Student ID or Dongguk PASS app is required to access the reading room. It opens from 6 A.M. to 12 P.M. It also opens on Sunday and holiday for the convenience of students. Due to COVID-19, limited number of seats were available with the social distancing policy. However, since April 25th, distancing seats have been cleared so that it became available for more students to use them. There are a total of 783 seats and the real-time seat user status can be checked on the central library website.
When thinking of college libraries, the image of studying all through the night in the reading room during the exam period comes to our mind. Therefore, the reading rooms of Law Hall may come up when Donggukians think of the library. However, the central library of Dongguk University provides large, pleasant facilities and a variety of materials. It also operates various programs and special spaces for students.
Central library with various programs
The library of Myeongjin School, founded in 1906 by the Buddhist community, is the ancestor of the current Central Library of Dongguk University. It has six floors, from the second basement floor to the fourth floor and was newly built and relocated to its current location in 2003. Students usually enter through the main entrance, which is on the same level as Paljeongdo, and it is also possible to enter through the side door facing the Engineering Hall. As of now, according to the central library’s operating hour announcement on April 25th, the main facilities of the central library open from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. on weekdays and from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Saturdays.
Books, academic dissertations, and electronic materials that the library owns can be searched through the integrated search page of the library’s website, and the status of the materials and whether they are available can also be checked. If the library does not have the material you need, it is also possible to apply for the desired material through the material purchase application service. If your application is approved, it takes about a week for the applied material to be registered and provided as a library material. Borrowing and returning the materials are available at the borrowing and returning room on the second floor with authentication through student ID or Dongguk PASS. Borrowing up to ten books for 15 days is possible for undergraduates, and it is possible to extend the return date twice for 15 days. It is also possible to return borrowed materials through the unmanned return machines. The unmanned return machine is operated only during the hours when returning in person is not available. It is located at the front of the main entrance of central Library and the Law Hall reading room. Frequently asked questions regarding the use of the library are answered on the FAQ section of the website, so it would be helpful to check them before using it.
The central library is running various programs for students. It provides education for library use and database use. Library use education is part of a research support service that provides education on the use of libraries and the use of the database. It mainly introduces the electronic support database which the central library subscribes to and guides how to use it. You can also learn how to use databases specialized in various fields through database use education. It is possible to check the monthly library use education schedule through the library calendar section of the central library website and application for education is also possible there. To fulfill the cultural needs of Donggukians, central library is screening free movies for Donggukians every Monday and Thursday in Chyun Soon-pyo seminar room. The monthly screening schedule is released on the central library website and Instagram.
Special and unique spaces at the central library
As a school with a founding philosophy of Buddhism, Dongguk University central library has been playing a central role in securing the status of Korean Buddhism in the global era based on the specialization of the Buddhist archive since 1985. Located on the first floor of the central library, the Buddhist Studies Archive collects, and serves various Buddhist studies published in and out of Korea. It has 100,000 books on Buddhist studies and is the largest in scale in Korea. It also houses 16 cultural assets, including National Treasure No. 212, Shurangama Sutra (The Sutra of the Heroic One) Korean Translation, published in the 8th year of King Sejo of the Joseon Dynasty.
To share educational information and cultural experiment, the central library runs many specialized places. The IF zone, which is on the second floor, is a space for ICT-based learning sharing space equipped with multimedia-based learning facilities. MASIL, which is at the front of the IF zone, is a complex cultural space consisting of a space for small group studies or team projects, and comfortable rest with small talks is available. The IC zone, located on the third floor, is a collaborative learning space designed to combine and share education, culture, learning, and information.
Besides the spaces mentioned above, the Dongguk Post would like to highlight “maker space MARU,” which was recently built and provides unique services. MARU stands for “Make and Revolutionize U” and strives for the spread of maker culture of “Do It Yourself (DIY)” and “Do It Together (DIT).” MARU is a maker space the central library is operating and is located on the fourth floor. You can get there using the elevator or the stairway in front of the second-floor gate. It opened in 2020 after refurbishing the space that used to be the reading rooms. MARU provides various practical spaces, equipment, and education to help Donggukians grow into talents suitable for the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
MARU is equipped with a variety of equipment that allows students to flesh out their creative ideas. It has a laser cutter that can cut and carve hard materials such as acrylic, a UV flat printer that allows image printing through UV on surfaces of various materials such as glass or metal, and woodworking equipment that can make various wood works, as well as 3D printers of various sizes. Detailed specifications of individual equipment can be found on the MARU website. Jeong, who participated in an ICT contest during vacation, said that he could handle hard material like acrylic using laser cutter and improve level of completion. Kim, who participated in the same project, said that she could print out small parts which fit specifically in the size of their work using 3D printers and it could contribute to improvement in completeness. They also emphasized that they could reduce the cost of making their work as they could use expensive equipment for free. You can use it by visiting MARU after making a reservation on which equipment to use and when to use it on the MARU website. The equipment can be used safely under the guidance of the equipment teacher or the working scholars.
MARU also runs various programs. It provides basic lectures on how to use various equipment in MARU. In addition, there are also lectures like making souvenirs such as key rings using equipment of MARU so that it would make it easy for students to access maker culture and spread maker culture among Donggukians. It is also conducting maker projects to produce works such as RC cars and drones along with basic coding education for Donggukians interested in making culture or digital production. Seo, who participated in the “Make-A-Thon” project, which is a making marathon project conducting ideation to prototyping based on a given topic for two days without a break, said it was a challenging project to produce a work within two days without sleeping, but was a worthwhile and memorable experience. Various lectures and programs MARU runs can be checked and applied through the MARU website, so it would be worthwhile for those interested in making culture to check out the announcements and apply for them.
The central library provides information about the facilities or programs through multiple channels such as its YouTube channel, Instagram, and Facebook. If you are interested or want to know more about a new type of library where learning, culture, and information are shared in combination, you can visit various channels and check it out. How about spending a more meaningful college life using various services we did not know about?
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