Library Renovations: Preparations Begin Week of February 13

The Library is undergoing the largest renovation in its history—with work beginning February 13th, 2017.

The Library is being attentive to ensure minimal interruptions to student’s studying. “We recognize it is critical to maintain as much seating as possible, as well as to try to avoid significant disruptions during the renovations,” said Rebecca Graham, CIO and Chief Librarian. It’s important to note that between now and reading week, there will be additional movement around the building as we prepare for the construction that begins reading week.

This week, lounge chairs on the first and third floors are being replaced with tables and chairs to maximize the seating throughout the building as initial spaces are turned over. Computers on the second floor are being removed and stored off-site temporarily. Library laptops, however, are available to be signed-out if needed.

Come reading week, the Library will turn over a part of the second floor to the contractor. The contractor will be putting up hoarding (temporary walls indicated in green below) to block-off the spaces on which they will begin to work.

2nd Floor Hoarded Areas

“These renovations are the critical enabling step identified in the Library Master Space Plan to allow for the shifting of collections in order to free up space for new services, realigned services and longer term an overall increase in student space,” said Graham.

The second floor is being renovated to make space for a new Archival & Special Collections Reading Room, a seminar room, and an exhibit space; a Digital Scholarship Centre; a multimedia studio for student and researcher use; new study carrels; and additional group study rooms. The second floor washrooms are also being renovated.

During construction, Library spaces will not be booked for events, and many of the Library’s regularly scheduled events will be moved offsite.

Some events that will be moved offsite during the Winter 2017 semester are: the Campus Author Recognition Program Reception, which will be held March 9, in the Atrium of the Summerlee Science Complex Centre; and the Exam Stress Busters Take-A-Paws event, location to be announced soon.

Through its Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), the Government of Canada is investing up to $2 billion and working with provinces and territories to transform our cégèps, colleges and universities into some of the world’s greenest, most innovative post-secondary institutions. Visit Canada.ca/SIF to learn more.

Learn more about the Library Renovations.

For additional inquiries, please contact:

Kelly Bertrand, Chair, Library Building Committee
(519) 824-4120 x 53359
kbertran@uoguelph.ca

Kirk Sprague, Manager, Library Facilities
(519) 824-4120 x 53602
ksprague@uoguelph.ca