Libraries to offer more resources than ever after the renovation



University Relations

Levels 1 and 2 will be renovated in the same style as levels 3 (photo) and 4.

Phase II of the Mullins Library renovation project will begin in January 2023. Levels 1 and 2 will be updated to include a cafe and robust technology offerings. Special Collections will receive an additional 3,000 square feet of space to store materials on-site, and some outstanding collections will be moved to larger locations.

“The Special Collections renovations will provide a state-of-the-art environment to help preserve our rare and distinct objects,” said Melanie Griffin, Acting Associate Dean for Special Collections. “We are also looking forward to a new reading room and classroom. Both spaces will be technology-rich and will provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to explore materials from the collections. During the refurbishment, all library users are invited to access special collections materials in our temporary reading room at Mullins 329.”

Level 2 will include family study space and educational materials for education students.

Enhanced technology offerings will include a virtual and augmented reality space, makerspace, recording studio and video capture room.

“We continue to refine the design for the renovation of Mullins Library Levels 1 and 2,” said Jason Battles, Dean of University Libraries. “New programmatic spaces will be made available to every student in every discipline for research, coursework, and their own curiosity. The ability to use some of these spaces for hands-on teaching for faculty and coursework is also something I would be remiss if I did not mention that the generous support of donors is part of the reason we are able to offer spaces like the Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab and Cafe, as well as the improved environment for special collections.”

Level 1 is currently closed to the public and Level 2 will close on Monday, December 19.

Kennedy & Violich Architecture of Boston is teaming with DEMX Architecture of Fayetteville on the project, with Con-Real serving as the general contractor. KVA has worked on construction and renovation projects at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library and MIT’s Hayden Library, among others. Con-Real served as the general contractor for Phase I of the Mullins Library renovation and construction of the University Libraries High Density Storage Facility, known as LINX, located in the arts and design, off Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Phase II is expected to be completed by summer 2024. Status updates and additional design information will be shared as the project progresses.

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