Renovated main library set to open on January 8

By UVA Library | January 4, 2024

The University of Virginia Library is pleased to announce that its main library, which has undergone a transformational, four-year renovation, will reopen to the public on Monday, Jan. 8, at 9 a.m.

The renovation brings the library up to current standards of safety, accessibility, and service. A new north entrance makes the building easily reachable from University Avenue, and a larger south entrance makes the space easier to access from Grounds. The building offers better layout and natural light, including in two new study courts for study, research, and socializing.

Much-loved features such as the McGregor (“Harry Potter”) Room remain — they’ve been renovated and optimized for comfort and character, preserving the essential elements of their unique identity.

Below, photographer Tom Daly captured images of the quiet library days before its opening. For an additional sneak peak of the renovated building, follow our Instagram account.

Shelves full of books in a light-filled library
A view from the fifth floor, looking down to an open study area and soon-to-be-filled stacks on the fourth floor below. The renovated building is filled with natural light from clerestory windows.
A large study area in a brick-enclosed courtyard space under a massive skylight.
On the second floor, students/researchers can work in two new study courts under massive skylights.
A large, luxurious room with a fireplace and bookshelves, filled with leather-bound furniture.
Much-loved features such as the McGregor (“Harry Potter”) Room remain.


Read more in UVA Today's coverage of the opening.