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Rendering of the reception area in the new Booth Family Center for Special Collections.

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Special Collections Research Center Renovation

The Booth Family Center for Special Collections will be closed to researchers beginning Monday, January 26, as we move into our renovated space on the fifth floor of Lauinger Library. We anticipate reopening the reading room by appointment only on Tuesday, March 24, but please contact us as this may be subject to change.

The Booth Family Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Lauinger Library is undergoing an extensive renovation and expansion. The project started in March 2014 and the Center is due to reopen in the spring of 2015. This page is your home for all information about the project, including photo galleries, status updates and project details.

The project is made possible entirely through the generous philanthropy of the Georgetown community, including leadership gifts from Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth (P'2012), Barbara Ellis Jones (C'1974) and the Lauinger family. We are extremely grateful for their support.

Creating the 21st Century Special Collections Center

As we move deeper into the 21st century, the Booth Family Center for Special Collections will become ever more important as it preserves and protects unique items for future generations. While more and more library collections are held in digital form, the ability to provide access to rare primary resources will help set apart a library and a university. The Georgetown University Library is dedicated to providing the safest possible home for the treasures of Special Collections while making them available to students and researchers for generations to come.

The new Booth Family Center for Special Collections creates 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.

Project Status: Phase 5 - Move-In

The renovation is currently in Phase 5, Move-In. This phase includes the following steps:

  • Installation of staff computers, public computers and other personal electronics.
  • Return of staff files, supplies and miscellaneous work items.
  • Move-in of staff.
  • Return of collections.
  • Return and reshelving of items from off-site.

Using Special Collections During the Renovation

Photo Gallery

Project Details

Architect and Contractor

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Do you have questions or comments about the project? Let us know!

Jennifer Smith, Coordinator of Communications, Outreach & Programming
202-687-6851, jas298@georgetown.edu

Stephanie Hughes, Special Collections Communications & Projects Coordinator
202-687-7833, ssh@georgetown.edu