When did the project start and how long will it take?

Planning for the Special Collections Renovation project began in 2017. Demo and construction work will begin in Spring 2018, after Spring commencement. The project will be completed in two stages: 2nd floor demo and construction, and 3rd floor demo and construction (beginning 3N, 3E and 3W, with 3S last). The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.

What additional  spaces will be created that do not exist in the present Special Collections spaces?

In addition to a unified, climate-controlled collections storage which will hold 17,000 square feet of collection materials, a special collections reading room with a unified service point, new gallery/exhibitions spaces, an audiovisual media suite, a collaboration room, three large classrooms and one seminar room all will be created, and the reading room on the north side of the 2nd floor of the building will be upgraded.

Will the library deaccession/offsite materials as it builds new spaces?

In preparation for the construction work, archivists, librarians, curators and conservators have been working on enhancing the physical and intellectual control of all collection materials. Selected items have been sent to offsite storage for the duration of the construction project (and some items will live offsite indefinitely, depending on their needs and other factors). Deaccessioning will be done on a much smaller scale – policies and practices are under review, and items will be selected for deaccessioning on a case-by-case basis.  

How can you support this project?

NYU Libraries is thankful for our donors’ commitment to our academic mission and support for initiatives which help us build, preserve, interpret, and provide access to rich and diverse collections. To learn more about giving opportunities to support the Special Collections Renovation Project, please contact the Division of Libraries’ Director of Development Susan Rider: susan.rider@nyu.edu.




(FAQ in progress, 3/29/18.)