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

Library Renovation Project: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Academic Commons?

The Academic Commons brings together support services from across campus as a “one-stop-shop” for student support. The Academic Commons will comprise much of the first floor of the library and will include a variety of tutorial and other support services, such as the Writing Center, Math Center, EOP’s Academic Center for Excellence, Student Accessibility Services, Information Technology, advising services, and subject-specific tutoring.

Students 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.

How long will Butler Library be under construction?

Preparations for the partial renovation of Butler have begun, with construction scheduled to begin in fall 2018 and completion of the project is projected for 2020.

Will the library remain open during construction?

The library will remain open with limited access to the first floor and portions of the second floor. As construction progresses, certain areas of the library will be taken offline and some entryways will likely be closed. StudyQuad will remain open and fully functioning throughout construction.

What services will be available during construction?

We are making every effort to ensure that all library collections remain accessible and all library services continue to be provided throughout the renovation. Library services (including the circulation and reference desks) have been temporarily moved to various locations on the 2nd floor. Check out our map of the library for specific locations.

The following support services have been temporarily relocated outside the library:

  • The IT Support Desk is now located in Bulger 200 and 204
  • The Writing Center is now located in Butler 317
  • Drop-In Advising Center is now located in the Academic Advisement Center in South Wing 100
  • Professional Development Center now located in Chase Hall 109

What happened to Argo Tea?

To prepare for construction, we had to move everything on the first floor, except StudyQuad, out of the construction zone. Unfortunately, this means that Argo Tea will be closed until construction is complete. Chartwells is working on plans to reopen Argo Tea elsewhere on campus. In the meantime, a new SPoT Coffee Express has opened in the StudyQuad Lounge on the first floor.

Besides the creation of the Academic Commons, what other improvements will be made?

Improvements to the library’s thermal comfort, energy efficiency, wayfinding, and access to services will all be included as part of the renovation project.


For questions related to the renovation, contact:

Charles Lyons
Library Director
(716) 878-3026

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