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HVAC construction project in the Butler Library


Current Progress

Location start of work status Notes Date of completion
2SE book area (c-k) May 2023 inaccessible books available by request end of October, 2023
3SE book area (m-p) August 2023 Inaccessible books available by request end of December, 2023
2/3 NW not begun available    
2/3 NE not begun available    
Archives & Special collections August 2023 inaccessible   end of December, 2023
First floor StudyQuad/QuietQuad May 2023 available   August 28th, 2023
ASKUS elevator 8/28/23 inaccessible   end of December, 2023
Starbucks elevator not begun available    
  • For assistance with locating and retrieving books that my be inaccessible please contact us:
  • 8/28/23 - Work is complete in Studyquad and Quietquad. Patrons can access those spaces again.
  • 8/1/23 - A temporary storage shelving area has been established in 2NE to hold requested, high-use titles while shelving areas are renovated. 
  • 7/31/23 - Work on the drop-ceiling in 3SE will begin this week. This space will be inaccessible to patrons until this work is completed sometime around the end of the fall semester. Patrons are encouraged to place holds on items and use resource sharing. Library staff will pull books as much as possible.
  • 7/10/23 - Access to the hallway between the 2nd floor landing and room 275 is now blocked off. There is no bathroom access on the 2nd floor. The passenger elevator near the circulation desk no longer runs to the 2nd floor.
  • 6/12/23 - Asbestos remediation has begun in the Southeast Quad on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
  • 6/9/23 - Asbestos remediation is completed in StudyQuad and QuietQuad


As part of an upcoming construction project, sections of E. H. Butler Library will be inaccessible for about 15 months—from May 22, 2023, to August 23, 2024. The project will provide critical and necessary upgrades to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in the building. The work will mainly affect the book stack areas and Archives and Special Collections spaces, as well as various conference and storage rooms.

During the project, access to print books and other materials on the second and third floors of the library will be significantly constrained or offline for periods of time. Archives and Special Collections will also be intermittently inaccessible during the project.

Faculty members who would like to set aside certain books for student use for their classes during the construction are encouraged to contact Joe Riggie, head of information management, or Ken Fujiuchi, head of information commons. For questions regarding Archives and Special Collections, please contact Dan DiLandro, head of archives and special collections.

Construction on the second and third floors will start with the South East quad and move clockwise ending in the North West quad. In general terms, books will be unavailable according to the following schedule:

Book moves in the quads

Section Call numbers start date end date
SE C - K, M - P 5/22 2nd floor - October / 3rd floor - December 2023
SW Special Collections 9/23 December 2023
NW A - B, S - Z 1/24 March 2024
NE L, Currlab, Q - R 3/24 August 2024

During these times access will be limited. Library staff will make every effort to provide access whenever possible.

This page will be updated as the project moves forward.

This timeline is subject to change.

Projected book moves on the second floor.

Projected book moves on the third floor.

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