Library renovations & what you need to know

Wilbur the Wildcat in front of the Main Library

We're starting a major renovation project that will transform the Main Library and the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library into the active, collaborative teaching and learning spaces that you've requested. These renovations are part of the Student Success District, a joint initiative between the UA Libraries and Student Success and Retention Innovation, Student Engagement and Career Development, and Campus Life programs in the UA Provost’s Office. A focal point of the District will be the CATalyst Studios, where students and faculty can engage with technology, embrace hands-on-learning and work together to create new knowledge. The Design-Build Team is made up of Sundt Construction, architectural firms Poster, Frost, Mirto, and Miller Hull, as well as Ten Eyck Landscape Architects. 

The library renovations are expected to be completed by mid 2020, and renovation work will be in phases to minimize disruption. Take a look at the Student Success District gallery to see architectural drawings of renovated and new spaces, inside and out.

To find library spaces less impacted by construction, talk to our staff at the Ask Us desks; try the 4th floor in the Main Library or the 5th floor in the Weaver Science-Engineering Library; or reserve a quiet study room. You may also want to check out the Arizona Heritage Lounge, the USS Arizona Lounge or the Kachina Lounge at the Student Union.

Bookmark this page for the latest updates, get free earplugs from the Ask Us desk, or check out noise-reducing headphones from Borrow Technology service points. 

Main Library 

Timeframe Impacted areas What to expect
January - October 2019

2nd Floor, east end 

Intermittent noise (Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Study rooms accessible from hallway by the bathrooms
Temporary outdoor book drop located north of lobby doors

January - October 2019  Lobby

Temporary wall erected to minimize noise
Express check-out/in machines and look-up computer relocated to west end of lobby

May 2019 - January 2020 1st Floor, Multimedia Zone Mutimedia Zone will be temporarily relocated to Room 200S in the Weaver Science-Engineering Library until January of 2020.
May 2019 - January 2020 1st Floor, Technology borrowing and 3D printing Technology borrowing and 3D printing will be temporarily relocated to Room 200S in the Weaver Science-Engineering Library until January of 2020.
May 2019 - January 2020 1st Floor, Ask Us Hold shelf, interlibrary loan, lost and found, and other Ask Us services temporarily located to the 2nd floor lobby.
May 2019 - August 2019 1st Floor, entire A section closed off

To access student computers and Room 112, use outdoor stairs or outside elevator to descend to the Integrated Learning Center and enter through the courtyard doors. There will be a service station adjacent to the doors. Sometime in early fall, an enclosed walkway will be built to allow access from inside the building.

Public computers and computer cards are now available on the 2nd floor of the Weaver Science-Engineering Library.  

May 2019 - September 2019 5th Floor, Edge of lobby area to north-facing windows

Loud noise (Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Area from the edge of the elevator lobby to the north windows will be inaccessible.  

Weaver Science-Engineering Library

Timeframe Impacted areas What to expect
April - June, 2019 2nd Floor, entire east side Ongoing, noticeable noise
April - October, 2019 2nd Floor, iSpace iSpace will be temporarily relocated to Room 200S until October of 2019, when the technology will be relocated to the new CATalyst Studios in the Main Library.
May 2019 - January 2020 2nd Floor, southeast quadrant Temporary wall erected to minimize noise; Room 200S still accessible.

Timeline at-a-glance

Project timeline visual


Where we're headed

The learning process for University of Arizona students doesn't stop outside the traditional classroom. In fact, learning happens inside libraries every day. 

The library renovations that are part of the Student Success District are motivated by three key drivers:

  • collaborative peer-to-peer learning, where students gain critical thinking skills by working with each other;
  • hands-on active learning and teaching, where students gain knowledge through creating and problem-solving; and
  • deep engagement with technology, where students create and learn from digital content in our expanded makerspace. 

By re-envisioning our library spaces with these drivers in mind, we're making it possible for every student to experience success. We also recognize that traditional quiet library spaces remain important for students and faculty members. The renovations will reinforce the concept of various “ecosystems” in the Main Library and Weaver Science-Engineering Library that correspond to different floors, providing users with a variety of spaces and experiences to meet their needs.

This is how renovation inspires innovation. If you want to be a disruptive problem-solver, you're in the right place. 

Contact us

Send us a question or share an observation. We're building a library for your future success.