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UCSB Library First Expansion Project in 35 Years
updated: Oct 01, 2013, 1:31 PM
By UCSB Public Affairs
When undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara were asked in a recent survey where they spend most of their time on campus outside of class, the overwhelming majority named Davidson Library as their home away from home.
It's fitting, then, that UCSB today celebrated the beginning of the first major expansion and renovation the library has seen in more than three decades. With shovels in hand, UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas, University Librarian Denise Stephens and others broke ground on the project that, when completed, will make the UCSB Library - and its 3 million volumes and myriad collections - an even more vital academic and cultural resource for the university and the Santa Barbara community.
The project, designed to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
Gold specifications, includes a three-story building addition on the north side of the library; a complete renovation and seismic retrofit of the original two-story building; a newly built paseo - or grand walkway - that connects all areas of the library; and a seismic retrofit of the eight-story tower.
Among the highlights are the addition and renovation of approximately 60,000 and
92,000 square feet, respectively; a new facility for the Department of Special Collections, with state-of-the-art technology for the preservation and digitization of its unique documents, books, and other materials; new art and music libraries housed inside the main library; 20 percent more study space than existed previously; expanded wireless access; naturally lit reading galleries; a faculty collaboration studio; and additional and enhanced group study and collaboration areas.
Construction on the $76.4 million project started in August and is slated for
completion January 2016. Some collections and library staff members have been relocated for the duration of the project, but the library remains open and fully functional while providing means to access all catalog material.
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