University Library Addition & Renovation Construction to Begin March 3; Project to Impact Traffic & Parking on Campus

University Library Addition & Renovation Construction to Begin March 3; Project to Impact Traffic & Parking on Campus
Artist rendition of the University Library Phase I addition.

University Library addition & renovation, Phase 1, Site Logistics Plan, Part A (March 3-21). Click here to view larger map.

University Library addition & renovation, Phase 1, Site Logistics Plan, Part B (March 22 through Spring 2008). Click here to view larger map.

The physical start of construction on the University Library addition and renovation project, “Phase 1 — The Next Chapter,” is slated to begin March 3 and expected to reach completion by Spring 2008. The library will remain open for business during construction, although the project will have a significant impact on the campus community in terms of noise, dust, parking, traffic congestion and pedestrian access.

Additional traffic congestion and longer pedestrian routes are anticipated during this construction project. Until the campus community adjusts to the changes, faculty, staff, students and visitors are urged to arrive to campus 15 minutes earlier than usual.

Contractors will begin preparations to install fencing around the construction site on March 3. Fencing and pedestrian access has been broken into two parts, A and B. During each of these parts, the campus community is asked to follow the recommended pedestrian access routes surrounding the University Library construction site. Informational and directional signage will remain posted.

To view a map of Part A (March 3-21), click here. To view a map of Part B (March 22 through Spring 2008), click here.

The following is a list of impacts to parking lots and campus roadways during the duration of the two-year project:

Part A (See Map)

  • A portion of parking Lot D, nearest to the corner of Red Gum Lane and Kellogg Drive, will be closed and fenced for construction worker parking and equipment storage.            
  • Student rideshare spaces that are displaced in Lot D will be relocated to parking Lot F8.           
  • Motorcycle parking in Lot D will remain in the same lot, but will be relocated to a nearby location.           
  • Metered parking in Lot D will remain in the same lot, but will be relocated to the nearest student parking stalls to the north.           

Part B (See Map)

  • Construction access road will be installed, and pedestrian and vehicular access to campus will be revised.           
  • The Bronco Express stop for Route A closest to the Library will be closed for the duration of the project and relocated to the traffic circle near the Visitor Information Booth.           
  • After hours pedestrian access through the construction access road from Lot D to the campus will be provided.           

While the next few years are going to be challenging for faculty, staff and students, the library will remain open. The ground, first and second floors will be closed during construction, and the library's collections, services and staff have been consolidated on the top three floors. Patrons will be able to access the top floors via a tunnel entrance at the existing first floor library entrance that will lead to the elevators.

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) and University Writing Center, formerly located on the library's ground floor, have been relocated. The LRC is now in modular buildings adjacent to Building 13 and the University Writing Center is located in Building 1, Room 220.

Changes to Library Landscape

In order to make room for the library addition, approximately two dozen Ficus, Magnolia, Olive and Eucalyptus trees located to the north, south and east sides of the library are scheduled to be removed between March 6-24. An arborist report commissioned in 2004 concluded that “the majority of the trees are past their prime in terms of life span and contribution to the landscape.” New trees will be planted in the coming years as part of the library addition and renovation project.

Construction Schedule

All dates related to this project are subject to slight adjustments based on weather conditions or other unanticipated delays. Significant changes and updates will be communicated to the campus community via e-mail and on PolyCentric.

The campus community is asked to observe all posted detours and other traffic control signage. As a reminder, slow down and show extreme caution when driving around construction sites.

To locate these areas of impact on a campus map, visit

Project Overview

The $58.5 million-plus library project consists of two phases. Phase 1 — the addition of 101,853 gross square feet and interior renovation of the first three floors of the existing six-story building — is expected to reach completion by Spring 2008. The new library will serve as a state-of-the-art regional educational center, complete with classrooms, technology research workstations, a two-story reading room, 24-hour research lab and a full-service Starbucks. Phase 2 will include renovation of the upper three floors and replacement of the existing exterior concrete panels.

“The underlying theme is this library will be designed as a people place,” says Harold Schleifer, dean of the University Library. “We're really not focusing on being a warehouse for things. This will be a place where people come to because they want to, not because they have to.”

For more details on the library project, visit

For more information on this construction project, contact Leatha Elsdon, senior project manager, at (909) 869-4931 or by e-mail at For University Library information, contact Harold Schleifer, University Library dean, at (909) 869-3088 or by e-mail at; or Andrew Naranjo, library addition project manager, at (909) 869-3730 or by e-mail at