Shortly after the Fall Quarter began, construction crews got to work on a variety of projects to renovate the interior spaces of Geisel Library. Now that the academic calendar is turning to spring, many projects are nearing completion. Others will remain active for the next few months.
Here are the latest developments on all the Geisel Library building upgrades. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Spring Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor is expected to reopen in August. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4-7 continue to undergo renovation with the addition of new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor.
Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4-7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations are expected to be completed in early June. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.
With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.
The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.