With construction set to begin in August, the Baron-Forness Library building will close its front doors to visitors at the end of business on Friday, May 7.
Construction on this space is expected to last eight to 12 months, with renovations including significantly expanded seating, more than 20 group-study rooms equipped with technology, large flex-space for workshops and events, larger windows for more natural light, expanded cafe seating and a reconfigured entry to allow for much better foot traffic flow through the building.
During the building closure students and library users will still be able to borrow physical materials. Requests for materials may be submitted via the library catalog, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (814) 732-2273.
Access to all electronic resources will remain in place 24/7. Library services such as interlibrary loan, E-ZBorrow and electronic reserves will remain fully functional throughout the entire process.
By fall semester of 2021, library faculty and staff will move to temporary space on the first floor of Lawrence Towers, where they will be available in person or through technology to assist students, faculty and staff with information needs.
Recognizing that the library is a great place for group project work, individual quiet study and for access to computers and printers, suitable space will be identified on campus for these activities.
Other offices housed in the library will also relocate temporarily. Information about these offices – such as the Writing Center, Global Education, Honors College and Academic Success Center – will follow once those temporary moves have occurred.
Additional information and communication will follow later this summer.