The Latest Renovations @ the Oviatt
Special Collections & Archives – 2nd Floor
After two years of renovations and a complete transformation, the Oviatt Library’s Special Collections and Archives celebrated its grand reopening in January 2018.
Special Collections and Archives houses 50,000 cataloged items, including rare books, art, manuscripts and archives, historical and important periodicals, photographs, audio and video recordings, prints, and maps. Many of these rare and valuable materials are housed in the department’s new temperature and humidity controlled high-density storage facility.
The renovated, expanded department provides twice the space for storage and processing, as well as a new instructional space. The remodel includes a warm and welcoming wood-paneled Reading Room with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a service desk and a complimentary copy machine. The Reading Room offers abundant seating and multiple areas for students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars to engage in research.
What else is new on the 2nd floor?
The Central Core Upgrade
Students are now enjoying our renovated second floor core area. The open space includes new study and work space furniture with built-in power outlets.
- CQF-driven Learning Commons Technology (LCT) renovation.
- Moving of the Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) to the 2nd floor, partnering with Music and Media (M&M).
- Moving of the Map Collection to the Garden Level of the Oviatt.
- Expansion of the Creative Media Studio into a much larger Makerspace.
- Moving of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center collection to the Oviatt.
The opening of the Learning Commons in August 2013 marked the achievement of the first in a number of initiatives that will change the face of our facility and our services. Please check this page often for news about our ongoing and upcoming renovation projects.