Areas of Construction


The Firestone renovation is now in Phase 6, the final phase of a more than eight year renovation of over 400,000 square feet of the Firestone Library.  This last phase will complete the transformation of the 1st floor, providing six new private group study rooms and an active and flexible study area with mobile white boards and digital panel technology.  There will also be additional study tables within a wall of books and some soft seating areas in the mix.  The lobby and Trustee Reading Room work will begin after commencement and new paths of travel will be established for easy access.  This remaining work is scheduled to commence by the end of this year.

The contractors are currently working on the northern half of the 1948 building, from the Northwest Stair to the former Administration Suite and former Scheide Library.  The asbestos abatement project is currently to the east side and our contractor is now completing demolition on the west side.  There will be heavy demolition during the third shift (12:00am-6:00am) to minimize disruption, and the contractor will work with Security during the late night study times to monitor the noise levels.

Please use this opportunity to visit the newly opened B and C Floors of the 1971 addition.  The west atrium and the north atrium that houses the Scribner Library are now open and offer light filled spaces with new lighting, furniture and finishes.  Many graduate study rooms have opened on both floors on the west side, and Jefferson Papers has their new home on C Floor, C-1-L.

Beautiful Reading Rooms have recently opened on the east side of the 1st Floor, and new bathrooms are now open in the former Access Office location.  The Cotsen Children’s Library reopened in late April.

Please refer to the renovation floor plans on this site for more information.  If you have any questions about the asbestos abatement project, please contact Robert Ortego, Environmental Compliance Manager, at or at 258-1841.

General hours of construction are M-F from 6am to 3pm. The most disruptive noise is scheduled be completed by 10:00am daily.