Renovation and Expansion of UCSB’s Davidson Library Ahead of Schedule With Plan to Open Mid-November
The Davidson Library Addition and Renovation Project is ahead of schedule, set to be complete November 2015 with increased computers, outlets, information technology resources and study spaces.
The project is intended to update the library to accommodate growing student enrollment and maximize potential use for the latest advances in information technology. It includes the addition of a three-story building on the north side of the existing structure, seismic retrofitting of the existing eight-story tower and two-story building and a new Paseo connecting the three structures. UCSB Library Addition and Renovation Project is funded by a revenue state bond initiative of approximately $76 million.
“Originally, we were supposed to open in January 2016, so now we are planning on opening the doors Nov. 16, 2015,” [Assistant University Librarian for Outreach & Academic Collaboration Rebecca] Metzger said. “So it’s ahead of schedule.”
According to Metzger, the Davidson Library Addition and Renovation Project is unique because it has allowed for continued operation.
“For many libraries that go under such major renovations, they don’t all stay open throughout with completely uninterrupted service,” Metzger said. “We have done that and we will continue to do that.”
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