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. 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 5th floor in both libraries, 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 and get free earplugs from the Ask Us desk. 

Main Library 

Timeframe Impacted areas What to expect
December 2018 - March 2019

1st Floor, 1B (near elevators and vending machines)
4th Floor, 4A, south end 
 

Intermittent noise (Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)

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

Weaver Science-Engineering Library

Timeframe Impacted areas What to expect
November 2018 - March 2019

1st Floor, central area

Intermittent noise (Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)


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.