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Connecticut College's Charles E. Shain Library underwent an extensive renovation from June 2014 to March 2015. Read all about it here.

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Renovated library to open much earlier than projected

Connecticut College's $9.875 million transformation of Charles E. Shain Library will be completed a full five months earlier than anticipated, and the building will officially open on March 23.

This fast-tracked opening — made possible by good planning, good weather and some good luck — will allow the campus community to end the academic year with full use of the library's completely refurbished classrooms and collaborative study areas, new high-tech tools for learning and onsite scholastic resources, and a beautiful new café that will also provide a 24-hour study space.

The College will mark the project's successful completion with several celebrations, including one on March 22 specifically for students and a community-wide open house on March 23. In addition, there will be opportunities for alumni, parents and friends of the College to celebrate at Commencement and during Fall Weekend.

Members of the College community played a key role in determining renovation priorities, and the new library will reflect their input and better serve their needs … as well as the needs of future students and patrons.

Thanks go to students, faculty and staff for their patience and flexibility during this project. Continue visiting this page for updates and other information related to your new library.

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It's official!


We're excited to announce that the renovated Shain Library will be opening on March 23, 2015! That's five months earlier than planned, all thanks to good planning, good weather and a bit of luck. Click the link on our profile for more information!

A photo posted by Connecticut College (@conncollege) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:00pm PST

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Nothing but blue skies

Blue skies above Shain

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by ...

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The face of library renovations

One of the most popular costumes at this year’s Staff Halloween Party came from Mark Bliven, the assistant manager of printing and mailing services. Students judging the costume contest rewarded his efforts with a prize for representing the most culturally relevant campus topic, and President Katherine Bergeron couldn’t resist trying out his get-up.

Photo of staff member wearing No Pain, No Shain costume, Halloween 2014.    President Katherine Bergeron in No Pain, No Shain costume, Halloween 2014

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#Shainreno Exposed, Part 2

During the SGA-sponsored #Shainreno Exposed event on Oct. 10, attendees wrote down questions or comments about the project. The renovation team’s answers are below. And remember, if you have questions or comments, use

Will there still be plenty of cubbies? I love cubbies! (Especially cubbies with outlets and near windows.)
The existing cubbies will be redistributed throughout the study spaces. Additional electrical outlets are being added in all renovated areas to increase the access to outlets.

Just a compliment: You are all killing it. My only regret is that, as a senior, I won’t enjoy the amazing new building.
Thanks for the compliment! We do understand that the seniors are paying the highest price for not having library services located in Shain this year. We hope that you will make plans to visit and tour the library once it is completed and open to everyone.

I love all the new collaborative spaces, but individual study nooks are important as well. Will we still have many of those?
Yes, individual study spaces, such as small tables and cubbies, are still going to be available. The existing carrels will return and/or be redeployed throughout the building. There are also plans for several smaller study tables to be added. The project contains several different types of study spaces (cubbies, chairs, tables and group spaces, to name a few) that should accommodate different types of student and visitor study preferences.

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Concrete steps forward

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#Shainreno Exposed

Photo of SGA Oct. 10 event

Thanks to SGA for hosting #Shainreno Exposed, a great opportunity for students to meet the professionals behind the design, construction and coordination of the Shain Library renovation.

Watch this space for answers to the questions posed on paper at the event.

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Take a seat

Options for chairs to be used in Shain Library

Students, faculty and staff have been asked to test drive sample chairs and help choose the future furniture for Shain Library. Test drivers are trying out three different sets of chairs to find the best fit for three different areas of the renovated library.

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Expanding and illuminating

Photo of a crane lifting a steel grid onto the roof of Shain.

The first structural component was put into place for the larger, light-filled facade of Shain Library.

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