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Carnegie Library Renovation

Carnegie Library Reading Room to be dedicated on March 17 at 3:30 p.m.

March 20th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

Carnegie Library Reading Room Interior Students StudyingThe formal dedication of the renovated Carnegie Library Reading Room, with remarks by special guest, Chancellor Kent Syverud, will take place on Monday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Library at Syracuse University.

This event follows on an informal ribbon-cutting that took place on January 13, the first day of classes this semester. On that day, the front doors to Carnegie Library opened for the first time since 1972.

Speakers will showcase the many improvements that have taken place over the last two years, present some plans for the future, and recognize the contributions of those involved in this complex renovation project.

If you will be able to attend, RSVP by March 12 to Kelley Parker at kapark01@syr.edu or at 315-443-5533.

 

 

Silent Reading Room in Carnegie Library now open

March 20th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

Carnegie Library Renovated Reading Room Ribbon CuttingLooking for a quiet, contemplative place to study? Check out the silent reading room on the second floor of Carnegie Library, which opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 13, 2014.

David Wolken, PhD student in Cultural Foundations of Education, was the first student to enter the new reading room following its opening. He shared the following impressions:

The renovated reading room in Carnegie is truly awesome in the sense of inspiring awe. The grand entrance is welcoming and gives a sense of academic seriousness, and the large, well-lighted tables effectively facilitate focused study. The bright yet classic decor engenders students’ comfort as well as attentiveness. As a graduate student with many hundreds of pages of reading every week, having a space conducive to silent study is invaluable to me. I think that relative to the large and growing number of students at Syracuse, the university previously lacked ample silent study space. However, the new Carnegie reading room will greatly help in addressing this need.

In addition to an atmosphere conducive to studying, each newly-refinished table has multiple power outlets and custom lighting. For other technology needs, a new computer cluster with high speed printer is located in nearby room 208. A new library service desk has also been installed adjacent to the reading room where users may consult with a librarian or get assistance with library-related tasks.

 

 

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 http://library.syr.edu/CarnegieRequest, 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.

Carnegie Library closed for semester break; items available by request

December 3rd, 2013 by Julie Sharkey

The Carnegie Library will be closed during intersession, December 14, 2013 through January 12, 2014. During this time, there will be ongoing renovation work in the building that may pose safety hazards, as well as create noise, dust, and general disruption for users of the Library.

Any materials needed from Carnegie will be brought to Bird Library for pickup or delivered directly to faculty offices. Requests may be placed using the online form at http://library.syr.edu/CarnegieRequest, by calling (315) 443-5727, or by stopping at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Bird Library.

Science librarians will be available by appointment and can be contacted by phone or email.

Mary DeCarlo | mmdecarl@syr.edu | 443-2092

Linda Galloway | galloway@syr.edu | 443-9766

Anne Rauh | aerauh@syr.edu | 443-9770

For additional information, please contact Melinda Dermody, Head of Access and Resource Sharing, at 443-5332 or mdermo01@syr.edu. Your patience and understanding during this construction work is greatly appreciated.

Status of Carnegie Library renovation projects, Fall 2013

August 30th, 2013 by Julie Sharkey

Carnegie Library reopened for the fall semester Wednesday, August 21 after being closed during the summer for ongoing renovation work. This long-term renovation project, managed by the Syracuse University Libraries and the University’s Office of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction, will upgrade Carnegie Library for contemporary use and provide needed silent, individualized study space in the Reading Room.

Projects underway this fall include:

  • Construction of a new elevator, which will comply with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and improve building accessibility, including making the Reading Room fully accessible for the first time;
  • Outfitting of library spaces on the 2nd floor to accommodate library services, functions, and staff;
  • Relocation of the library service point and functions to the 2nd floor;
  • Construction of a new computer cluster adjacent to the Reading Room;
  • Installation of a new library security system; and
  • Continued renovation of the Reading Room.

To allow sufficient time to complete this critical work, the Carnegie Reading Room will remain closed until January 2014.  For the Fall 2013 semester, the Libraries are providing services on Carnegie’s first floor, and Room 103 will serve as a temporary reading room.

The Libraries are planning a Spring 2014 grand opening for the Reading Room, and will share more information about its reopening and other building renovations throughout the Fall 2013 semester.

Carnegie Library Open House on May 12th

May 8th, 2013 by Julie Sharkey

The Library will host an Open House on Sunday, May 12th from noon – 4 p.m. to showcase the renovations to Carnegie Library and its Reading Room. The event will include self-guided tours of completed improvements in the Reading Room, entrance, lobby, second floor ambulatory, and the third floor.

Construction of the Carnegie Library was funded by a $150,000 gift from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1905. The new library opened in the fall of 1907 with an initial collection of 71,000 volumes and was the main campus library until the opening of Bird Library in 1972.

For more information on this event, contact Pamela McLaughlin at 443-9788 or pwmclaug@syr.edu.

Carnegie Library reopens for the fall semester

August 27th, 2012 by Julie Sharkey

Spring Summer Carnegie Library ExteriorCarnegie Library, which was closed over the summer for renovations, reopened on Monday, August 27th. Effective with the re-opening, the official name of the merged Science & Technology and Mathematics libraries is Carnegie Library.

The Carnegie renovation is unfinished, however Library services will resume on the first floor while renovations to the second floor reading room are completed and a new service point created there. Room 103 has been set up as a temporary study area with tables, carrels, and workstations. Material housed in Carnegie Library may be checked out from the first floor circulation desk, including calculators, laptops, and course reserve items.

Per the Library’s long range plan, Carnegie Library collections now encompass call numbers Q – Z; TR (Photography), TT (Technical Arts, Crafts),U (Military Science), V (Naval Science), and Z (Bibliography, Library Science) have been transferred from Bird Library to Carnegie. The collections of the two former libraries have been merged and the stacks are in call number order (Q – Z).  All government documents have been consolidated in Bird Library. Bound journals are in interim storage while they await transfer to the new SU Library Facility.  They will be among the first items transferred to the Facility.

For construction photos and related announcements, see the new blog.

For more information concerning Carnegie Library, please call 443-2160.

Libraries in Carnegie will be closed for the summer; items available by request

April 30th, 2012 by Julie Sharkey

The Science & Technology Library and the Mathematics Library in the Carnegie building will be closed this summer, beginning on Monday, May 14. During this time, there will be renovation work in Carnegie that may pose safety hazards, as well as create noise, dust, and general disruption for users of the Library.

Items needed from either library may be requested through an online request form, by calling (315) 443-5727, or by stopping at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Bird Library. Material will be retrieved and available for pickup at the Bird Circulation Desk or delivered to faculty offices. All summer Reserve items, including those normally held in SciTech and Math, will be available at Bird Library.

For additional information, please contact Melinda Dermody, Head of Access and Resource Sharing, at 443-5332 or mderm01@syr.edu. Your patience and understanding during this construction work is greatly appreciated.

Carnegie Project Update

March 23rd, 2012 by Julie Sharkey

The renovation of Carnegie is underway and will continue through the summer. Projects include the reopening of the main entrance, replete with Diana statue, and the renovation of the second floor Reading Room, which will be returned to library use.  The reading room tables and chairs will be refurbished and table lights replaced with a streamlined model that has 6-8 outlets in the base. The library service desk will be relocated adjacent to the Reading Room, along with current journals and a new books display. The surrounding corridors will be upgraded with new lighting, flooring, ceilings, and walls.

The first floor “pit” will be converted into two classrooms on the same level as the rest of the floor.  A third classroom, a tiered 90-seat auditorium, is also planned but may not be completed this summer. Renovations at Carnegie are scheduled to continue over several fiscal years and include new restrooms, a new elevator, and a computer lab.

Because of the noise and disruption that will result from construction, the Science and Technology Library and the Mathematics Library will both be closed from May 12 through August 5th. Items needed from either library may be requested at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Bird Library; they will be retrieved and available for pickup at the desk or delivered to faculty offices.