Libraries & Spaces
Special Collections Research Center Renovation
The Special Collections Research Center 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 Special Collections Research Center 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 Special Collections Research Center 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 3 - Construction
The renovation is currently in Phase 3, Construction. This phase includes the following steps:-Installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures.
- Retrofitting of the HVAC system currently serving Special Collections and the Pierce Reading Room on the third floor and installation of a new system isolating the two areas.
- Construction of new walls and ceiling, lighting, and installation of vault and stacks.
- Installation of cabinetry, display cases, casework, and security and alarm systems.
Do you have questions or comments about the project? Let us know!
Jennifer Smith, Coordinator of Communications, Outreach & Programming
Stephanie Hughes, Special Collections Communications & Projects Coordinator