Beginning Friday, July 28, the northwest corner of the 3rd floor will be closed to users and staff for the construction of a new Special Collections workroom. An attached floor plan details the areas that will be closed, including an adjacent area that will reopen to users at the conclusion of the project. It is anticipated that construction will be complete by late August 2017.
As we planned for this renovation, we were determined to continue to provide sufficient seating for students and other library users. We relocated every carrel, table, and seat from the affected space to another location in Lied Library to avoid any reduction in the number of seats available and minimize the impact on students and other library users.
Additional Project Background Details
During the past several years, we have completed a number of targeted renovations to improve and increase seating, while also ensuring the library offers a wide variety of spaces to meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. Since the start of the space enhancement project, we have added approximately 700 additional, new student seats, increasing the total number of seats to 2,600 in public areas of the building and about 600 or so seats in specialized areas such as classrooms and tutoring spaces. Providing space for student study and research is just one aspect of the UNLV University Libraries' mission.
We are also committed to building and managing robust collections that support the research needs of UNLV's faculty, students, and community. In particular, the University Libraries collects historical materials documenting the history of Southern Nevada, materials that are only available through our Special Collections & Archives.
In order to preserve these unique, historical collections so present and future generations of Nevadans will have access to original evidence about their region's past, the University Libraries is temporarily using this third-floor space for a large-scale project that will improve access to these materials. Within three years, UNLV students and the community will find it easier to discover and use these historical treasures. This additional workspace is critical to finishing this important project.
The Lied Library was designed nearly 20 years ago at a time when libraries functioned differently. In our space planning, we approach the process in a manner that takes into consideration a variety of factors including changes in teaching, learning, study, and technology so that we can better support how library users work and study. All of our renovations and space enhancement projects are undertaken with the goal of ensuring that the Lied Library continues to offer comfortable, inviting, and functional spaces to meet the needs of library users.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Project Manager Jason Aubin
or Associate Dean for Research & Education Pat Hawthorne