The 2nd floor is open for business

On Thursday, Aug. 16 the 2nd floor of Olin Library reopened for business.  We held a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a reception.  Librarians offered tours of the new space to attendees.  On Friday, the Explorations Team hosted academic advising for incoming first year students in various spaces throughout the 2nd floor.

We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that made the renovation possible.

We will no longer be updating this blog and invite you to visit the Olin Library.

New Banners

Yesterday we had banners hung outside of the main entrance to commemorate the official opening of our new and improved 2nd floor.

Thanks to Alison and Sterling from IT for modeling for us.

First significant SNAFU

We were planning to have a soft opening in the renovated space on Monday 8/6. Unfortunately our Certificate of Occupancy has been delayed by a problem with the fire alarm system, so while we can continue to move into the renovated space, we cannot unpack or provide public services in the space.

So public services will remain in their temporary spaces on the 1st (Circulation and Research Help) and 2nd floors (IT help Desk) until at least Wednesday August 8th.

Stay tuned for updates.

so far so good

The 2nd floor is coming together quite nicely.  The doorways to the offices and the new bookshelves are being put into place.  We have some pretty new lighting in the cafe and a hydration station – not a drinking fountain.

office doorway with bookshelves in front

new lighting in the cafe

new cafe equipment

cafe starting to take shape

the hydration station

view of the learning commons from the lobby

circulation desk

view from behind the circulation desk


New carpeting and paint

Progress continues on the 2nd floor.  We have new carpeting and the walls are getting painted.  Word is that the AC will be turned on today – not sure what time but the 1st floor should get some much needed cooler air very soon.

Yellow walls behind the Circulation desk.

Carpeting in the lobby next to the computer lab.

Walking towards the new Bookmark Cafe.

Walking towards the Lakeview Lab.

Part of the Bookmark cafe – blue walls.

Stairway going up to the 3rd floor. It will be semi-enclosed so the entire 2nd floor will be available 24 hours.

close up of the new carpeting in the halls.