We’re building a stronger library to power collaboration.
Connecticut College has embarked on a $9.1 million renovation and expansion of Charles E. Shain Library that will transform the educational and social life of the campus community.
The new Shain will provide more comfortable, usable, technology-rich study spaces as well as new tools and services to foster digital scholarship. The project will also dramatically improve the library’s appearance and ambience.
Renovations began this summer. All of the information you need about the project can be found on these pages, and you can even follow the progress via webcam.
All this hard work will pay off in Fall 2015.
July 22, 2014
One of the busiest rooms on campus is one of the first to be reconstructed in Shain. Here are two views of the new PC Classroom: from outside (left) and from inside (right).
July 11, 2014
Vice President for Administration Ulysses Hammond, President Katherine Bergeron and Adam Moore, senior project manager for KBE Building Corporation, review construction plans for Shain Library.
June 16, 2014
The sidewalks, patio and part of the bridge in front of Shain Library have been jackhammered into oblivion.
*With apologies to Sting.
June 9, 2014
The temporary library headquarters is open for business! Visit Ernst Common Room in Blaustein Humanities Center for a reference desk staffed by librarians, a circulation desk for requesting and picking up materials, group study spaces and shared computer workstations. As the summer progresses, additional study spaces and computer areas are being set up to prepare for the 2014-15 academic year.
June 6, 2014
Visitors to campus will learn about what's happening in Shain Library thanks to this lovely billboard.
June 3, 2014
Old and new: The reference desk just moved to Ernst as #ShainReno gets underway.
May 30, 2014
The Shain Library building will be closed the week of June 2-6 while all library services move to Ernst Common Room in Blaustein. For that week, and only for that week, no Shain services or collections will be available.
Shain Library services (circulation, reference, reserves, ILL, etc.) will open in Ernst on Monday, June 9, and will be available there all summer and throughout the next academic year.
The Shain Library collections will remain in Shain. In order to check out any materials, you will use the special request function in the online catalog, Caravan. Your materials will be retrieved and available for pick up in Ernst on the next working day. More detailed information on the process will be distributed in June and library staff members will be happy to walk you through it if necessary.
If you need access to items from the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, special arrangements must be made in advance. Call Ben Panciera (x2654) or Becky Parmer (x2686).
Staff: If you work with faculty members and they have asked for your help with reserve book lists, please get those course reserve requests for the fall to Carol Strang as soon as possible. It will take longer to process these requests, so please allow extra time.
Faculty: There is still time to get fall reserve lists in, but please send them to Carol Strang as soon as possible.
During the academic year, open access computers will be available in the first floor halls and atrium, the Faculty Lounge and Ernst in Blaustein, as well as in the Greer Music Library in Cummings. There will also be seating in Ernst, the Faculty Lounge and throughout Blaustein that can be used when those spaces are not being used for classes or events. However, this summer, the Faculty Lounge will be used as a staff space, and will not be available.
Finally, many of you draw heavily on our terrific collection of documentaries and films. Please bear in mind that you will not be able to stop by the library to browse the shelves for titles to watch on the weekend. If you request something on a Friday, you will have to stop by on Saturday to pick it up. Some of our leisure film and book collection will be in Ernst for browsing, but that is a restricted in size. Again, please call us for help at 860-439-2655.
If you have questions, call the Reference Desk at 860-439-2655 or stop by their new location in Ernst beginning on June 9.
April 16, 2014
Thanks to the Class of 2015 for the lovely cake and the opportunity to share information about the renovations to Shain Library at dinner on April 13.
April 14, 2014
Learn more about the renovations to Shain Library on this webcast featuring Ulysses B. Hammond, vice president for Administration; W. Lee Hisle, vice president for Information Services and librarian of the College; and Ellis Tonissi, vice president of the Class of 2015.
March 7, 2014
The early stages of Shain Library renovations continue, with work scheduled for both weeks of spring break. The library will be open during the break: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During the week of March 10-14, contractors will be installing the new compact shelving units on the lower level. This work will involve drilling and the placement of existing metal shelving units onto moving carriages.
Beginning on Monday, March 17, the journal collection that has been split in half and housed on two different floors since January will be reunited on the new compact shelving units on the lower level.
Work will also be taking place on the second and third floors of Shain Library throughout the break, including the installation of new shelving units on the second floor and the continued shifting of books and journals on both floors.
There will be updated signage and maps throughout the library to indicate where materials are located, and assistance is always available at the reference desk and from library staff.
As with all construction projects that are part of the renovations of Shain, every effort is being made to minimize disruption and noise.