Areas of Construction



General Information

Reading period has started and the library is full of students sitting side by side at our new tables, camping out in the new student reader carrels or feeling comfortable relaxing in our soft seating areas throughout the library. Everyone seems to find a location they study best in and stick to it. Although a major renovation is going on in Firestone, the project team works hard to minimize disruption, especially during reading period!

Phase four of the six phases of construction is finished late this summer and will bring a new home to the Center for Digital Humanities and the Video Library. Both will be located on B Floor across from the main elevator and bathroom core. The Staff Lounge and a new entrance layout and Security office will reopen sometime in June, with a turnstile and book detection system similar to the front entrance.

Rare Books and Special Collections will have a new home on C Floor, with their reception area viewable through a glass ‘lantern’ from the B Floor above near the elevator lobby. This summer, a new ‘electro chromatic’ glazing system will be installed in the long atrium space as part of the RBSC Reading Room and open reading areas to the east. This system will help to control the direct sunlight and reduce heat gain in the space, and is expected to open in early 2017.

Roof and parapet work along the perimeter of the Trustee Reading Room is complete and contractors will start to remove the scaffold. Bike racks and pathways will return to original locations. This summer as part of a major maintenance project, the green roof on the 1988 addition will be removed and a new roofing system and growth medium will be installed. At the same time the 1988 addition will close to patrons and is expected to reopen in March of 2017. Collections currently on the C Floor will be partially moved and the rest will stay in place and be paged by the Circulation staff.

General hours of construction are daily from 6am to 3pm. Most disruptive noise is scheduled off hours until after exams, otherwise it is scheduled to be completed by 10:00am daily.