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The Transforming Library

The Latest Renovations @ the Oviatt

Special Collections & Archives – 2nd Floor

Artist's Sketch of the New Special Collections Space

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.

Coming Soon…

  • 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.

Past Projects

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.

Elevator Modernization Project

The Oviatt Library has modernized our elevators in the library core, in order to better serve the needs of our Library guests. Physical Plant Management has updated the two elevators located in the core of the Library.  The scope of work included a complete overhaul of mechanical systems, replacement of cabling and reconditioning of the interior of the elevator cabin.The project was completed Spring 2016.

Keep an eye out here for updates to our progress of making the Library a more comfortable, technological, and social space!  Meanwhile, check out our galleryfrequently asked questions (FAQ), and of course if you have any questions/concerns for us, please feel free to give us your feedback.

Robert and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room

Refurbishment of the Robert and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room was completed Fall 2013. Located in the West Wing, second floor, this comfortable, quiet space is outfitted with modern furniture to accommodate readers seeking a break from research to escape into a good book. Development of the Reading Room collection is ongoing; a formal dedication of the room was held in October 2014.

Gohstand Reading Room furniture