The largest renovation project in the library’s history is underway with construction expected to begin in spring 2017. The renovation project includes significant enhancements to the Library’s second floor and lower level. The project’s architectural firm is McCallum Sather and construction will be led by Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd.
The second floor space will receive a major renewal that will include the shift of public elements of Archival & Special Collections, including an expanded reading room, a seminar room, and a new exhibit space; a Digital Scholarship Centre that will complement the THINC Lab, allowing for additional collaborative research; a media lab that will allow students and researchers alike access to state-of-the-art technology; the project also includes renewal of building systems. This project was funded by the federal government’s Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) with additional support from the University of Guelph.
The lower level will see an extensive renovation that includes the addition of increased compact storage for both Archival & Special Collections and general collections in addition to updated study spaces and new staff workspaces.
Preparations may begin during the latter portion of the 2017 winter term and major elements of the construction will take place from May-August 2017, however, some work will extend into the school year and into 2018. The SIF deadline for construction completion is April 2018. “We have been working diligently to minimize the impact on students and Library & Learning Commons programming but there will no doubt be significant challenges given the scale of this project,” said Rebecca Graham, CIO and Chief Librarian. “Due to construction, there will certainly be areas of the Library that won’t be available and we’re working with campus partners to identify alternate study and programming space.”
Due to space constraints throughout construction, starting in January 2017 through project completion in 2018, Library space cannot be booked for campus or external groups. Many of the Library’s signature events will also temporarily be moved offsite to ensure ample study space is available for students.
Throughout the construction process, project updates will be shared on the Library’s website as news items and through the library’s social media channels.