Miller Nichols Library will undergo a second round of renovations beginning later this month.
The LaBudde Special Collections, currently located on the fourth floor, and the Marr Sound Archives on the ground floor will merge together.
“Frequently, collections that are given to the library include sound recordings that go to the Marr Sound Archives and paper-based materials that go to the LaBudde Special Collections, making it impossible to use all the materials together,” said Bonnie Postlethwaite, dean of libraries. “In the future, this will be possible.”
In addition to the merge, Special Collections will also have a new instruction room where rare materials can be displayed and used by students and faculty.
New exhibit spaces will be added to the third and fourth floor. The Dean’s Gallery will also move to the fourth floor, and will feature some student work.
“The view of the city is truly an inspirational space,” Postlethwaite said.
The Math and Science Tutoring Center on the third floor will be moved away from other study spaces, which Postlethwaite said she hopes will help with the noise concerns students have expressed.
The library also plans to replace the heating and cooling systems on the second and third floors to provide a more comfortable study space.
The book stacks, with the exclusion of the music and media libraries, will be located on one floor, making it faster and easier to locate books or browse a subject area.
At the end of the project, the ground floor is expected to have a technology-enhanced group study room.
The renovations are scheduled for completion by fall 2014.