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Library begins new phase of renovation on ground and third floors

King Library began major building renovation in November, with construction crews starting work on roof and water remediation improvements.

The exterior work is scheduled for completion in early 2005. Major interior work is scheduled to begin in March and will involve the total overhaul of both the ground and third floors. The rehabilitation project is scheduled for completion August 2006.

The current project is phase three of a $5.2 million library overhaul.

By the end of construction, the existing ground and third floors will be completely redesigned. Existing areas will be replaced with state-of-the-art infrastructure, administrative and public facilities, including a variety of new research and study areas and modernized work space for the university libraries‚ Instructional Materials Center, government information and law, and technical services units.

“When the project is finished, Miami will have a modern facility that better serves the information needs of its outstanding students and faculty,” said Judith Sessions, dean and university librarian.

The project includes a major expansion of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, one of the most valuable historic collections in the region. The renovation will also include added amenities for library users, including a coffee shop and large open study commons.

“We realize that the Miami community uses King for more than just study space,” Sessions said. “We envision the university libraries as Miami's learning hub. By adding services like a coffee shop, we hope to provide a more comfortable environment for scholarship and research.”

King Library was first constructed in 1966 as the university's undergraduate library. The building was significantly enlarged in 1972. In 1997, renovation of King's first floor was completed, followed by completion of second floor rehabilitation in 2001.

Date Published: 12/09/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 18

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