You’ll notice there is a lot of construction happening in the library (please excuse the mess) and you’re probably wondering what’s going on. These construction projects are a result of efforts completed last year in regards to the drafting of a long range vision for the library in our Library Master Space Planning Project.
Here is a status update on our construction projects and expected completion timelines:
More Study Space- September 12: A former Library support area along the south windows of the first floor has been decommission and reclaimed as user space. Soft seating, power tables, umbrella tables as well as other high tables are in the process of being installed and should be completed by the first week of classes.
Starbucks Café – September 22: The Library, in partnership with Hospitality Services, is constructing a full service Starbucks Café in the former Forster Room immediately inside the front doors. Our hope was to have this open for Orientation Week, however, construction delays have pushed back the opening to September 22nd. With the installation of a Starbucks, the Williams Coffee cart was removed and the space reclaimed to expand the soft seating area of the Academic Town Square (northern portion of 1st floor overlooking Johnston Green). Furniture has been received and installed, but the final planned layout will not be complete until the vending machines are moved back to the area adjacent to Starbucks.
150-seat Multipurpose Room – October 6: On the second floor we are installing a 150-seat Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the Student Accessibility Services Exam Centre. This room, made possible through generous donations, as well as a contribution from the library, will be used for library programming, special events and the hosting of large classes in association with our Archives and Special Collections area as well as other uses.
We are committed to responding to the needs of our users and thank you for your patience as we work to complete these project.