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Renovation Updates

January 2020
Phase II of the Library construction is almost complete! Carpet installation was completed. Furniture has started arriving and installation on the second floor will finish by the end of the month. The central elevator has been placed back into service and can now be used for access to the Garden Level, First, and Second floors.

There will be a Welcome Back event for students as soon as final inspection from the city is completed. Students will have the opportunity to play games, snap pics in a photo booth, enjoy snacks and enter to win prizes throughout the day. More information will be available on the library website and social media.

We cannot wait for the Library to be operating at full capacity again and look forward to welcoming back our users to all the renovated floors soon!

Reading Commons Multi-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space

December 2019
We are well on our way to wrap up renovation of the 2nd and 3rd floors in January 2020. New light fixtures and fire sprinklers have been installed and painting was completed. Carpet installation will begin during the week of December 30th and furniture is expected to arrive in early January. The café (Starbucks) construction has begun and is expected to be completed in March 2020. 

Students will be able to use the newly opened sections by late January, when the library will welcome them with a student event. Details of the welcome event will be made available in January. 

The library appreciates all 112 suggestions and comments that students provided via two feedback boxes on the first and second floors,  web form, email, or in-person. We responded to them and look forward to a continued conversation with students about their expectations and space needs. Thank you for your recent positive feedback. Your comments are helping us make the library a better space to study, learn and create. We look forward to sharing the renovated spaces with you when they reopen in January.  

Reading Commons Multi-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space
Reading Commons Multi-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space

Enjoy an updated 360 tour of the completed, renovated spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors.

360 Tour

November 2019
The library continues to make renovation progress and is expected to be completed in January 2020.

Phase I and Phase 2 Timeline

In Phase I, 42,059 gross square feet of the library space was renovated. In Phase II, there will be an additional
19,308 gross square feet of renovated space. 
This includes:  This includes:
 Innovation Commons 
• The Cube, 360 Studio, Digital Wall, X Bays, and
Experimental Exhibit Space
 Reading Commons on 2nd floor 
• 9 Study Rooms
• Variety of study spaces/furniture

 Learning Commons 
• Group Study Rooms, Computers/Printers, Leisure Reading &
Children Collections, Individual and Group Seating, and
Living Room

Academic Commons
• Student Academic Support Hub (Academic Support
Librarians, Student  Writing Center, General Academic Tutoring, 
Math Skills Program, Student Athlete Study Hall) and
Center for Teaching and Learning

 Deep Quiet Study Space on 3rd floor

 Multi-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space

Number of Seats
Sept. 9, 2019 343
Sept. 20, 2019 412
Sept. 25, 2019
Oct. 8, 2019 471
Nov. 1, 2019
Jan. 2020 629*

First Week of School
We look forward to welcoming the campus community into the renovated 1st floor and 2nd floor west wing. Students, staff and faculty can use both north (the new Vertical Village) and south (Brubeck Way) entrances.

This re-opening signals the conclusion of Phase One. Simultaneously, we are initiating Phase Two, which closes the 3rd floor and 2nd floor east wing for the fall semester. Phase Three – a Starbucks café – is in design development. View images of the newly renovated spaces below and plan to come by soon to see these beautiful new spaces for yourself:

Students discussing about furniture for the library Student highlight a library design image Staff reviews sticky notes about library design
Students discussing about furniture for the library Student highlight a library design image Staff reviews sticky notes about library design

More new furniture will be arriving in the upcoming months. 64 high chairs will be arriving on Friday, September 6th. Furniture for the Cook Family Children's Literature Collection, located on the 1st floor, will be arriving in early October.

The library is also extending its operating hours in an effort to accommodate student feedback, view hours below:

Library Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 1:45 am*
Friday 7:30 am - 8:45 pm*
Saturday 9:00 am - 8:45 pm*
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:45 am*
*Pacific card swipe is required for entry after 6pm.

August 2019

360 Tour

May 2019
On May 29 th through May 31 st there will be a crane staged and a truckload of steel in and around the Main Entrance to the Library, where the fountain is located, to begin rebuilding the front entrance. The area will be secured and delineated for safety purposes. The concrete and asphalt site work is expected to be completed by June 3 rd, 2019.

April 2019
Construction is in full swing at the library. The first floor, which includes Innovative Commons and Learning Commons, is expected to be completed by July 2019.  The focus will then shift toward construction of the Reading Commons and Academic Commons on the second floor. Catch a glimpse of construction progress in three formats below (images, video, and 360 tour).

During spring finals, the Alumni House will host additional study space for students. It will start on April 28 th and go through May 9 th. The hours will be from 8:00PM - 2:00 AM in the Board of Regents room. Students can access this space via swipe card access from the west side of the building.

Pacific Recreation is offering their group fitness room, the Stripe Studio, in the Baun Fitness Center to create additional study space for students. This space will be closed off to the rest of the fitness center so that there will be minimal noise distractions. It will start on May 4 th and go through May 8 th during Baun Fitness Center open hours at 10:00AM - 6:00PM (Saturday - Sunday) and 6:00AM - 9:00PM (Monday - Wednesday). Open to all Baun Fitness Center student members. Students can access the space via swipe card access from the front desk.

More additional space is being provided at Sears Hall in the Morris Chapel for students. Sponsored by the Religious and Spiritual Life. It will start on May 1 st through May 2 nd from 8:30AM - Midnight, May 3 rd from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, May 5 th from Noon - 8:00PM, May 6 th from 8:30AM - 8:00PM, and May 7 th from 8:30AM - Midnight. The space will include large tables and couches. Free coffee, tea, and snacks will also be provided.

Library Renovation Coming Soon Signage

Students discussing about furniture for the library Student highlight a library design image Staff reviews sticky notes about library design



360 Tour

January 2019
The first phase of the library construction has begun and will last throughout the Spring & Summer semesters. Pardon our dust and the noise. First floor is closed. Ear plugs and noise-cancelling headphones are available at the Ask Us desk, 2nd floor.

Please use the South entrance of the Library, located on Dave Brubeck Way, to access library services and departments which are now on the Second Floor, Third Floor and Garden Level.

To locate specific departments, see revised floor directory.

Online resources and online services are still available through the library  website including e-books, e-journals, and publisher databases. Library chat will also be available 24/7 through  Ask a Librarian, and library materials can be  renewed online. 

You can contact the library by email or by phone (209) 946-2431. For ADA assistance into the library, please call (209) 932-3317.

Further renovation detail could be found on the Library Renovation webpage.

Library Renovation Coming Soon Signage