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Library Renovation Project: Overview

The library (2nd & 3rd floors of the Learning Commons building) will undergo a major renovation project until the spring of 2026.

Project Overview

Most of the work will occur on the 3rd floor. The renovation will involve:

  • Replacing the roof and 3rd floor exterior windows
  • Reconfiguring interior spaces on the 3rd floor
  • Upgrading electrical, plumbing, and data infrastructure
  • Installing fire sprinklers on both floors
  • Renovating restrooms on both floors

Specific improvements include improving access to the 3rd floor by opening up the stairwells, improving lighting on the 3rd floor, improving soundproofing, building new group study rooms on the 3rd floor, improving staff offices, building an archives facility, and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi signage.

Impacts to Services and Resources

The 3rd floor will close for construction by the end of the Fall 2024 semester. Select library materials will be relocated to the 2nd floor. The bulk of the library's collections will be put in storage and will be unavailable for the duration of the project. All e-book collections will remain available. The DVD collection will remain available.

Limited study space will be available on the 2nd floor. The Kapunawai Room will be designated as a quiet study area.

All library services, other than in-library information literacy instruction sessions, will remain available.

Tutoring and Writing Center services will not be affected, outside of the fire sprinkler installation in the summer of 2025.

What's New?

Books in our General Collection have been hidden in our online library catalog, in preparation for packing them for storage. (Edited June 4, 2024)

The Reference and Juvenile collections have been packed for storage. (Added June 4, 2024)

How You Can Help Us

We are seeking additional hands to help us pack up our books for storage during the renovation. Specifically, your help is needed with pulling books from shelves, placing books into boxes, labeling and taping boxes, and recording box details. We won't be carrying heavy boxes. Helpers should be able to reach overhead, lift books of varying sizes from shelf to book carts, push loaded carts, and fill boxes. 

We will begin this phase on June 17th, and aim to complete the packing by the end of July. See our sign-up sheet for dates, times, and details. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated!

Informational Presentation

Additional details are in this slide presentation that was shared with the campus community. You have to be logged in with a UH Google account to view the slides.


May 2024
Award of contract
Summer 2024
  • Select print materials to keep available during construction.
  • Pack bulk of collections for storage
Fall 2024
  • Remove book shelving.
  • Relocate/store furniture
  • Relocate staff to alternate office space
Library vacates the 3rd floor by end of December.
January 2025
Construction begins
July 2025
2nd floor closes for fire sprinkler installation
August 2025
2nd floor reopens
March 2026
Staff, furniture, collections move back into renovated spaces
Timeline updated May 15, 2024