Areas of Construction

The Tower is open for patron use!


On Saturday, October 18th, contractors will be working on the roof adjacent to the Trustee Reading Room. This work may cause disruptive noise and is expected to be completed by early afternoon.

The women’s bathroom on the 3rd Floor will be closed on Monday, October 20th for a light fixture installation. Another bathroom is located below on the 2nd Floor.

The former RIS area has moved to the first floor. The public service librarian’s offices are located in the reference area outside of the De Long room. The computers from that area are now located to the right as you enter the Trustee Reading Room.

The northwest stair is closed to A Floor. The Industrial Relations section and the Microforms Service area have alternative pathways to their locations. Please use the main elevators or the main stair to A Floor and follow signs.

The main stair is closed to B and C Floor. Please use the main elevators or northwest stair for access.

Books on B Floor have been shifted. Bookfinders are located at the B Floor elevator lobby if you need assistance. The Circulation desk can also offer assistance.

Partitions have been installed on B Floor near elevator creating new paths of travel. Signage is in place to help you navigate. Additional partitions will be installed beginning October 15th. Patrons will need to walk across Atrium bridge to access areas north of the long atrium, similar path of travel as the C Floor.

Trustee Reading Room - Roof work to the north is creating disruptive noise on the 1st Floor and particularly in the Trustee Reading Room. Please find alternative areas of quiet study on the newly renovated 2nd and 3rd Floors, as well as the north side of B and C Floor.

Women’s A Floor bathroom will be closed Monday, October 6th to Wednesday, October 8th, while contractors install a new light fixture over the mirror.

Asbestos Abatement - An asbestos abatement projects are ongoing on the A and B Floors. This work is expected to be complete by the end of October. Expect disruptive noise at times. If you have any questions regarding the abatement project, please contact Robert Ortega, Environmental Compliance Manager, at or call 258-1841.

Ongoing construction information:

The southwest areas of B and C Floors, and the northwest area of A Floor are part of Phase 3. Please note the following:

  • C Floor – Construction partitions are in place and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is ongoing in the work area.
  • B Floor – An asbestos abatement project is starting and will last through the end of October. Expect disruptive noise at times.
  • A Floor – Contractors are installing finishes in the area behind the Library Training room. This work is relatively quiet. Once shelving installation begins, expect drilling noise at times.
  • Stair #5 – Access to A Floor from the Trustee Reading Room only
  • Loading dock entrance - There will be increased activity at the loading dock, please use caution when using this entrance!

General Information:

  • Original bathrooms on the west side of the A,B, and C Floors are now permanently closed. New bathrooms are located off the elevator lobby on all floors.
  • Note: General hours of construction are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.