The library is moving to…

Here’s where students will be able to find materials and services during a year-long renovation of Shain Library set to begin this spring.

 A rendering by Schwartz/Silver Architects gives a sense of the changes envisioned for Shain Library.

A rendering by Schwartz/Silver Architects gives a sense of the changes envisioned for Shain Library.

The College’s Shain Library will be offline during the entire 2014-2015 academic year (next fall through next spring) due to a construction and renovation project. But all of the library’s materials, services and librarians will be available throughout the construction.

The $9.1 million project is designed to provide more comfortable, usable, technology-rich study spaces as well as new tools and services to conduct digital scholarship.

Some of the prep work — including the relocation of selected books to other areas of the library — has already been completed. Additional projects will be undertaken during spring break (March 8-23). But that is the extent of work expected to take place during the spring semester.

Next year most of the library’s operations will relocate temporarily to the College’s original library building, the Blaustein Humanities Center, next to Shain. But most of the library’s books will remain in Shain for the duration. Students will use a simple online request form to check them out and visit Blaustein the following day for pickup.  

Blaustein will operate the same hours as Shain did and be staffed by library staff. (The College’s growing collection of e-books, journal articles and online databases will still be accessible online as always.)

Classrooms and open-access computers in the library will temporarily relocate to other buildings on campus, and, for students who like to study in the library, the College has identified many quiet areas on campus that will be designated as study spaces.

The renovation will add more than a 100 new seats to the building, quadrupling the number of collaboration study areas currently available. A new Technology Commons located on the lower level will provide flexible individual and group areas with access to key instructional technologies. An expanded Blue Camel Café will move to the main floor and provide a 24-hour study space.  The redesigned building entry, library plaza, and interior remodeling will transform the library, adding significantly more natural light in study areas. 

In addition, the Academic Resource Center, funded by an $11 million anonymous gift, will be located on the second floor of the library and will include the Roth Writing Center and the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Students and parents can expect to receive more information about the project this semester. A page on the College website,, will serve as the central repository for details such as the location of study spaces and library resources, operating hours, and instructions for checking out materials.