We are currently installing new doors in the stairwell in Lauinger Library. During this time, visitors will not be able to use landings that are under construction, either to enter that floor or pass through en route to another. We encourage visitors to use the elevators, although the stairwell may still be used to access floors that are not under construction. Landings under construction should only be used in the case of an emergency.

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SCRC Renovation Begins Demolition

The renovation of the Special Collections Research Center in Lauinger Library entered its second phase in May: demolition.

The demolition phase will include the demolition and removal of most of the interior walls, floor and ceiling. Once these are removed, workers will also be taking out any electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems that will be replaced, including the HVAC system.

When it opens in spring 2015, the new Special Collections Research Center will have a state-of-the art, environmentally controlled, secure shelving area and vault; a classroom dedicated specifically to teaching with special collections; an enhanced reading room for researchers; a separate reception area; improved exhibition spaces; and collaborative workspace for faculty, staff and students. These new features will allow Special Collections to expand its impact on the Hilltop and around the globe.

Demolition is scheduled to be completed in July, at which time new construction will begin. Construction is the longest phase of the project and is expected to last several months.

During the renovation, Special Collections is located in a temporary location on the first floor of Lauinger Library. Researchers are welcome but are asked to make reservations in advance, as space is limited and some collections are located off-site.

You can learn more about the renovation on the Library’s website.