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E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State, The State University of New York

Renovation Starting this Fall

by Katie Bertel on 2018-08-28T17:05:00-04:00 in Renovation | Comments

Big news! Beginning this fall, the E. H. Butler Library is getting a makeover with the creation of a new Academic Commons. The entire first floor is being redesigned to better meet the needs of students here at Buffalo State. When the project is complete in January 2020, you will be able to come to the library to work with a tutor, get advised for the upcoming term, grab some coffee, or just get some work done in one of many beautiful new individual and group study rooms.

We are making every effort to ensure that all library collections remain accessible and all library services continue to be provided throughout the renovation.

Where Did Everything Go?

Most library services (including the circulation and reference desks) are now temporarily located on the 2nd floor. Check out our updated map of the library for specific locations.

Other support services have also been temporarily relocated:

Unfortunately, Argo Tea will remain closed until construction is complete. Chartwells is working on plans to reopen Argo Tea to the Union for Fall 2019. In the meantime, a new SPoT Coffee Express has opened in the StudyQuad Lounge on the first floor.

Need a Computer? Borrow One of Ours

There will also be a limited number of computer workstations available in the library during construction. If you have trouble finding an open computer, ask about our new two-hour laptop loans at the circulation desk, or consider using our Equipment Loan reservation form to reserve a laptop or tablet of your choice.

New and Updated Study Spaces Galore!

We have created and updated a number of study spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library. There are a number of new places to sit, study, collaborate, and relax. Most notably, we have created a large study area with plenty of tables, Chromebase computers, and a printing station, located in the northeast quad on the 2nd floor. We encourage you to explore the library to find your new favorite study spot -- we’re also happy to provide recommendations.  

Stay Updated

As construction progresses, certain areas of the library will be taken offline, and some entryways will likely be closed. We ask that you please “pardon our dust” and plan ahead to avoid any potential inconveniences.

Follow project progress and stay up-to-date via the library’s renovation website.

Your input and feedback during this process is important and welcome – please feel free to reach out to new Library Director, Charles Lyons (, (716) 878-3026, Office 315B Butler).

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