Libraries prepare for Phase II of Mullins renovation

University Relations

Levels 1 and 2 will be remodeled in the same style as levels 3 and 4.

This fall, university libraries are gearing up for the highly anticipated second phase of the Mullins Library renovation project. Phase II, which will completely renew and modernize Levels 1 and 2, is expected to begin shortly after the end of the Fall 2022 semester. However, the campus community will see activity in these spaces now and over the coming months at as collections and furnishings change to prepare for initial construction activities.

Books, equipment and furniture are currently being moved out of Levels 1 and 2. A Renovation Updates webpage has been created to keep library constituents informed of the location of various collections during the construction project . Levels 1 and 2 will remain open until the final exams in December.

Levels 3 and 4 will remain open for the duration of the renovation with access to stairs and elevators near the west and east entrances. Core library services, including help desk, interlibrary loan, course reserves, and multimedia services, will be moved to Level 4 to continue serving the campus during construction. The Special Collections Reading Room is currently closed and will reopen on September 6 in room 329 of the Mullins Library.

“We at University Libraries are excited to begin the next and final phase of the Mullins Library renovation bringing new and updated spaces for collections, technology, research and study to students, faculty , staff and the U of A community,” said Jason Batailles, Dean of University Libraries.

Kennedy & Violich Architecture of Boston is teaming with DEMX Architecture of Fayetteville on the project, with Con-Real serving as the general contractor. KVA has worked on construction and renovation projects at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library and MIT’s Hayden Library, among others. Con-Real served as the general contractor for Phase I of the Mullins Library renovation and construction of the University Libraries High Density Storage Facility, known as LINX, located in the arts and design off Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Phase II is expected to be completed by summer 2024. Status updates and additional design information will be shared as the project progresses.

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