When can I study in the new building?
The library will reopen to students, faculty, and members of the community in January, 2024.
How does the re-opening affect Library services in the fall and spring?
We are working hard to minimize service impacts during this time of transition. That said, some service changes will occur temporarily, primarily in the form of short-term delays as staff and materials are relocated.
Can I take a tour before the building opens?
Tours have now paused to allow for the space to be finished, and we look forward to welcoming you in January. In the meantime, check out this video tour.
When are the books moving? Can I browse them right away?
During the renovation, high-use items have remained available for browsing in Clemons, and the full collection has been available on-demand from Ivy Stacks.
The book move into the new building begins in December and will continue through the first few months of 2024. Our intention is that some collections will immediately be available for browsing when the space opens, but the move will still be in progress when the building opens in January. Any items that are mid-move will be marked as available “by request” in Virgo, and can be requested for LEO delivery.
The book move into the new library should complete by April, and book moves on the first floor of Clemons, re-populating with materials from Ivy Stacks, will continue through the end of spring semester.
What is the project's timeline?
Governor Ralph Northam and the General Assembly approved the appropriation to move this capital project to the construction phase in April 2019. In June 2019, Skanska was awarded the construction management contract for the project. Skanska is now working with HBRA and UVA to execute the project.
The main library, Alderman, closed for renovation in March 2020. The 2019-20 academic year was a transitional period where preparations were made to minimize the duration of the closure.
The new building will open in January, 2024, and a celebratory grand opening event will be held in April, 2024.
What has the Library done to mitigate the impact of the renovation?
Prior to embarking on the renovation, the Library doubled the capacity of Ivy Stacks, our off-site shelving facility, to allow for preservation-quality storage and quick retrieval of Library materials. Additionally, high-density shelving was added to the first floor of Clemons Library to house a significant browsing collection of high-demand items which would normally be found in Alderman.
Additionally, we expanded scanning and LEO services to graduate students, and are collaborating across the University to identify pain points and alleviate frustration whenever possible.
Efforts to minimize service interruptions continue as we look toward opening the new space in 2024.
Where can I return my books?
Books can be returned to any Library location. The book drop in the Central Grounds Parking Garage will close in mid-December 2023, but a drive-up book drop will remain at Ivy Stacks (2450 Old Ivy Road).