Library construction begins
May 27, 2008 -- Renovation and construction is now underway to transform the J. Paul Leonard Library into a fully accessible, state-of-the-art library, with completion planned for 2011. Students and faculty will have access to library services and the collection during planned closures.
The Library construction will result in more natural daylight, expanded study and computing areas, increased collection capacity and seismic strengthening. The new Library will include the Sutro Library, the Labor Archives and Research Center, Academic Technology and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.
Construction crews have cleared the site of the former Lakeview Center, located at the intersection of Winston Drive and Lake Merced Boulevard, for installation of temporary structures that, beginning in fall 2008, will house interim library functions, including research assistance, periodicals, reading and study areas, computer work stations, multimedia production and staff work space. Demolition of the Franciscan Building, which is adjacent to the Library, is scheduled for this summer.
The J. Paul Leonard Library will be closed to the public as of fall 2008, when work on the Library itself will begin. Collections will remain available by request and will be distributed from temporary locations in the HSS building.
Information on library operations can be found on the Library's Web site at: www.library.sfsu.edu/about/building/index.php
Information on construction and related changes, such as the temporary pathways, can be found on the Capital Planning Web site at: www.sfsu.edu/~build/construct/library08_09new.htm
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