May 17, 2022

Academic Libraries: "University of Iowa Main Library May Get Facelift, $14.6 Million Project in the Works

From The Daily Iowan:

University of Iowa students reportedly want to see a more “student-friendly” space at the UI Main Library.

So UI officials are developing a $14.6 million project to create that atmosphere.

The renovation would include more study rooms, an expanded Food for Thought Café, remodeled restrooms, and a Madison Street entrance in the library’s first floor.

The project will be funded through the university’s general-education building-repair funds and the university fire- and environmental-safety funds.


“We’re presenting basic concepts of what they are trying to do for the Main Library Learning Commons project and finding what students like and don’t like and having them give insight,” [Chris] Clark [the project manager for the Main Library Learning Commons project] said.

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