Library Renovations

About the Renovations

Historically, academic libraries have served as the intellectual center of universities, supporting the curriculum and research of its faculty and students. Today, university libraries across the country are transforming their spaces into innovative centers of scholarship and teaching.

With funding approved and provided by New York state, the Glenn G. Bartle Library’s third floor will be renovated over the next four to five years (see timeline below). There is a critical need for an extensive mechanical update as well as asbestos removal. The renovation project provides the ideal opportunity to redesign the floor to meet the current needs of our campus community.

The goal of the third floor redesign is to transform the floor into an innovative and inviting space for study, teaching and research. The new space will include areas for quiet study, collaborative work, instruction, research and our unique collection.

We welcome and encourage feedback from faculty and students to assist with the decision process and we will continue to reach out to our patrons throughout the renovation process. 

Visit Library Renovation Updates and the Library Renovation FAQ for the latest information.

Science Library Renovation

The Bartle Library Third Floor renovation project will significantly impact the Science Library and its collections – see the April 2020 Update for details. The majority of the third floor collection will be relocated to the ground floor of the Science Library. To accommodate this collection, the Science Library ground floor materials have been relocated to the first and second floors, and bound journals have been relocated to the Annex.

A ground floor compact shelving plan has been selected that preserves as much quiet study as possible, maintains group study spaces, and provides a space for outreach activities. We will strive to maintain the quiet and accessible environment our community is accustomed to experiencing. There will be exciting opportunities in the future to transform parts of the upper floors with new study and outreach spaces.

Timeline of Libraries Renovations Projects and Stages


  • Growth space for unique research print collection
  • Increased overall study spaces to meet demand due to increase in student population with more electrical outlets on the third floor (we heard you!)
  • Enhanced research and study spaces to encourage quiet study, collaborative work and use of our extensive and growing collection
  • A new Digital Scholarship Center to create a community of practice for research and activities in the digital realm on campus
  • Vastly improved natural lighting that will extend further into the floor
  • A flexible floor plan and spaces to be adaptable to future needs of the library and the campus community
  • Improved wayfinding throughout the floor for easier access to services and resources
  • Extensive mechanical and structural updates that will greatly improve the overall environment for the entire library
  • A better environment for the long-term conservation and preservation of the print collection


We welcome your feedback. Your response will be anonymous.

Library Renovation FeedbackIf you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about library renovation projects, contact Associate University Librarian Jill Dixon at