University Library Construction Alters Pathway, Entrance

University Library Construction Alters Pathway, Entrance
The project will alter the pedestrian pathway this August and September.
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The temporary entrance will change starting Sept. 10. Click here for the larger map.
This is a model of the University Library Phase I addition.

The University Library addition and renovation project is entering a new phase, which will change the entrance of the library to a new temporary location in September. The construction will also temporarily alter the pedestrian path in University Park during August and September.

Starting Sept. 10, patrons should be aware that the temporary entrance will be located on the northeast side of the building facing Building 13 for the remainder of construction. The temporary entrance will be ADA accessible from the walkway off of Olive Lane between the University Library and Building 13. (See map Part D.)

“We are taking every possible measure to reduce the impact of the University Library addition and renovation project,” said Leatha Elsdon, senior project manager for the university. “We appreciate people's patience, and are happy to say that the library addition is currently on schedule.”

In the coming weeks, the focus of construction will shift to the west side of the building facing the Campus Marketplace. This will require the fencing to be expanded to include a section of Olive Lane. The southern portion of Olive Lane, facing University Park, will be replaced with a concrete pedestrian and fire lane similar to improvements in place to the east of the University Library.

A temporary plywood pedestrian path will be installed in the area adjacent to the University Art Gallery and Olive Lane allowing continued access between the Bronco Student Center and the Campus Center and Cultural Centers. (See map Part C).

“While we front these slight modifications for an interim period, it is all for a good cause in anticipation of the University Library's grand opening in fall of 2008,” said Andrew Naranjo, library addition project manager representing the University Library.

Once completed, the $58.5 million project will provide a state-of-the-art regional educational center, complete with classrooms, a research commons, a productivity center,a two-story grand reading room, 23 group study rooms, five group listening rooms, 24-hour research lab and a full-service Starbucks.

The new permanent entrance will be located at the south side of the addition adjacent to the future Starbucks, which will be directly across from University Park. The current bridge entrance on the west side of the University Library will be closed permanently after Sept. 8.  

The project was designed by Carrier Johnson Architects and is being constructed by Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.  

“Both firms employ Cal Poly Pomona alumni who have been instrumental in the success of the project,” Elsdon said.

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