[Michlib-l] adding electrical power to a library

Grai, Rebecca grai at northwood.edu
Fri Apr 22 09:27:17 EDT 2016

Hi all,

We are responding to our students request for more electrical outlets for their devices.  The traditional wall outlets are inconvenient for how students work/study in the library.  They typically do collaborative work at the larger desks.  We are thinking about bringing outlets into those desks in the center of the library.
The problem is that we have a concrete floor and it is difficult, and monetarily prohibitive to drill into it.  So, we are looking for power sources originating from the ceiling.  We are contemplating installing poles or  pull down extension cords with multiple outlets on them.  But, we are struggling with how this would ruin the aesthetics of our building.  Does anyone have this type of ceiling drop down power source?  Or, a different power source?  Any ideas on how we could make them more pleasing to the eye?

You all are a great resource and I look forward to hearing from you.


Rebecca Grai
Strosacker Library

Northwood University - Developing the future leaders of a global free-enterprise society.

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