From the front all appears to be normal. Coulter Library doesn’t look much different from the day it opened back in 1973. But walk around to the back or the east side where a large crane has taken up residence and it’s easy to see something big is happening. The renovation of Coulter Library has begun!
The project is being done in three phases so the library can remain open for students and the entire campus community to use. Here’s the projected timeline (which is always subject to change):
- Phase I Now to May 2016 The second and third floors of the library building located above the first floor book stacks will be renovated. When these floors reopen they will house the College archives, library media, reserves and reference departments. There will also be study rooms and additional student study space.
- Phase II May 2016-August 2016 The first and second floors of the library closest to the entrance off the quad will be renovated. Along with a new entrance there will be an academic computing lab, a café, event space, and the Office of Accessibility Resources which is presently located on the first floor of the Gordon Student Center.
- Phase III August 2016-January 2017 The first floor area where there are book stacks and quiet study space will be renovated. When complete it will feature a new study space and check-out services.
In January WSYR TV, Newschannel 9 broadcast a story on the renovations which you can view here.
At the bottom of this story is a series of renderings showing what the library may look like when the work is complete. Also, Penelope Klein and Vi Marcy who oversee Coulter Library Archives have created a slideshow which show historical photos of the library and campus. You can view the slideshow on the Coulter Library Archives webpage.