Construction is the longest phase of the project and will last well into the fall semester. The first steps in this phase include installing new mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures and retrofitting the HVAC system that serves the Center and the Pierce Reading Room on the third floor of the Library. Once these are complete, construction will begin on new interior walls, ceiling, lighting, stacks and vault. The construction phase will end with the installation of cabinetry, display cases, casework, and security and alarm systems.
When it opens in spring 2015, the new Special Collections Research Center will have a state-of-the art, environmentally controlled 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.
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.