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Carnegie Library Renovation

Carnegie Library Reading Room to reopen in January 2014

December 3rd, 2013 by Julie Sharkey

The renovated Carnegie Library Reading Room and adjacent Libraries’ service point on the second floor will reopen on Monday, January 13, 2014. The main entrance to the Carnegie Library will be through the front stairs and doors, which will reopen for the first time since the mid-1970s.

This long-term renovation project has upgraded Carnegie Library for contemporary use and provides urgently needed silent, individualized study space in the Reading Room. The project has been managed by the Syracuse University Libraries and the University’s Office of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction.

The following projects were completed as part of the overall renovation:

  • Renovation of the iconic Reading Room as silent, individualized study space;
  • Construction of a new full-size elevator;
  • Relocation of  library services and functions to the 2nd floor, adjacent to the Reading Room;
  • Construction of a new library computer cluster in Room 208;
  • Installation of a new library security system.

To complete final preparations, Carnegie Library will be closed from December 14 through January 12, 2014. Any materials needed from Carnegie may be requested using the online form at, by calling (315) 443-5727, or by stopping at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Bird Library. Items will be brought to Bird Library for pickup or delivered directly to faculty offices.

The Libraries are planning a grand opening reception early in the spring semester to showcase the improvements. Details will be announced after intersession.

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