Library Building Renovation and Expansion Program
New Library Expansion & Renovation News and Updates:
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Color in the Library - New Works:
Banners hung from the ceiling, new art pieces, colorful lettering along library ramps and fabric art.
Before & After - Images at the opening of the new library addition:
Just for fun, check out a few of these before and after pictures and try to remember it as it was when you’re in the new space!
What was outside, is now inside - Views of the Library Plaque, before and after.
Looking at the 2nd floor entrance to main section of library. You can see the differences, both inside and out.
Remember the moldy cement seating just outside the library. Looks a little different now!
Now if you can remember looking straight ahead when you came out of the old library entrance … well, now you’re still inside, right near the new Circulation service point.
And, speaking of the Access Services Circulation Desk … It’s now in the new space!
It’ll be a little different walking from the Charlton College of Business towards the new library entrance.
It be a little different approaching the library from the other side too!
So I'm in the middle of the new addition looking out eastward? Wha ..?
West Side of Carney Library Looking South at New Exterior Metal Curtains
Visions of the New Library:
September 2012 - Just Before the Opening...
South Reading Room
Art Books and Workstation Area - 3rd Floor
Library Instruction and Computer Area
Grand Reading Room Being Setup
Past Library Expansion & Renovation News and Events:
The Changing Scene.
Can you dig it!
Campus announcement on Dec. 12th, 2011 from:
Terrance Burton, Dean of Library Services
Donna Massano, CIO and Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
Take a look at what is to come. Behold the design renderings by designLAB architects/Austin Architects.
Changes, Changes, Changes: The New Library Entrance and Circulation Desk Revisted
The library renovation and expansion project is well underway. The most obvious changes are:
- the new entrance to the library;
- the outside stairs to the second floor have been removed;
- the circulation desk has been moved and expanded;
- and the four and fifth floors of the library are closed.
See the Library News Blog for more detailed information on these changes.
Construction of the expanded and renovated library is underway!
Services, collections and staff have been consolidated to floors 1-3 and a portion of the lower level. A new temporary entrance has been created on the first floor. During construction, there will be some inconvenience but we are doing everything possible to minimize it under the circumstances. There will be several phases of construction. Services, collections and staff will be relocated during each of these phases. The end result will be a state of the art facility at the heart of the campus. Expected completion is set forFall 2012.
Isn’t it fantastic?
The first phase of the library book move is complete!
- A core collection of reference and general books is located on the 1st and 2nd floors.
- Other books are located at the UMass Law Library.
- Journals are located on the 3rd floor of the Carney Library.
Phase 2 will take place during the winter of 2011 - 2012
The library construction and renovation project is underway! In April, the core book collection will be relocated to shelving on the 1st and 2nd floors. The law library will also hold some books from the Claire T. Carney Library for the duration of the construction project. All of these books will be available for browsing and borrowing. The remainder of the book collection will be moved to off site storage for the duration of the project. The last day when the entire collection will be available in the Claire T. Carney Library building is April 3, 2011. (more info ...)
Join us for a presentation on
the Claire T. Carney Library
expansion and renovation project
– Wednesday October 13 at noon -
Come hear the architects from
designLab and Austin Architects
make a presentation on this the
library's $43 million expansion
and renoveation project
African drumming opens celebration of beginning of Library Expansion Renovation Project
Sites of Interest About the Project:
- UMassD - View the Future Library Site
- UMassD Construction Project Site
- Massachusetts Division of Administration & Finance - DCAM -
University of Mass Dartmouth - Carney Library Renovation and Addition
UMass Dartmouth Library Expansion & Renovation Plans
The $43 million expansion and renovation of the Claire T. Carney Library is now underway. This will be a multiphase project that will greatly enhance the user experience of the building. The library will be bright and spacious with a variety of different spaces to accommodate the learning styles of different people. It will be the center of campus learing, discourse and scholarship. The basic concrete structure designed by architect Paul Rudolf will remain but the "new" library will be one that is designed to meet the current and future needs of the learning community.
The library is redesigned to support collaborative learning in numerous ways including formal and informal group study spaces, an expanded Learning Commons, an enhanced Scholarly Commons, a cafe and improved access to collections. A new state of the art reading room and presentation area as well as smaller technology enhanced spaces will be available. Spaces will be provided to showcase important academic initiatives. The library will be a center for academic and scholarly pursuits, social interaction and special events.
The mechanical systems of the building will also be improved. The elevators, electrical, heating and cooling and plumbing systems will be replaced. Windows will also be replaced where possible. This will provide greater energy efficiency for the building.
The library will remain open during the construction and renovation but there will be interruptions in services and some inconveniences. Collections and staff will require temporary relocation during the project. Disruption will be kept to the lowest level possible.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time.
Vision: The Library as Place
"The University Library is at the center of campus discourse, learning, and scholarship. With the addition of the space that connects the Library to Group II its welcoming presence is more humansized, more open. Although the basic concrete structure is there as Paul Rudolph designed it, the library is a beguiling mixture of action, color, and real life captured in the moment all visible as you approach either from the inner or outer campuses."
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Library Archives & Special Collections
The library's renovation and expansion planning included the Archives & Special Collectionsdivision. This part of the plan has been completed with the new Archives and Special Collections opening celebrated on September 18, 2009. Archives & Special Collections has a unique mission of preserving access to records created by the university faculty, staff, administrators and students, as well as manuscript collections which document the history of the people, industry and institutions of southeastern Massachusetts. It also maintains a reference and rare book collection.
Archives & Special Collections is one of the university's centers of excellence. The Archive's include the records of the two 19th century textile schools, the New Bedford Institute of Technology and the Bradford Durfee College of Technology, that combined to form the university and special collections of Portuguese, Cape Verdean, Franco-American, Italian and Jewish, and personal and family papers of important local individuals, such as Earl P. Charlton, one of the founders of F.W. Woolworth, and Fall River born state senator Mary L. Fonseca. The Archives is also home to the world-renowned Robert F. Kennedy Assasination Archives.
Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives
A focal part of the plan was the construction of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives and the renovation of the University Archives & Special Collection.
Accessible, Comfortable, Environmentally Sound, and Secure
The newly renovated space includes a reception area, staff offices, exhibition room, storage with compact shelving, a processing room and an attractive reading room. The addition of appropriate security and climate controls insure that the expanded and updated archives is an environmentally sound and secure facility.