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Heads Up: Construction Project in Zalk Library over Spring Break

During Spring Break, we’ll be getting all new ceiling tiles and all new lighting in the library! We’re really, really excited for this project, BUT…it is going to be messy and loud in here. Also be aware that Campus Facilities will be in and out the library before Spring Break to do some prep work.

At this point (3/7), we think we’ll have some access to the stacks, but we doubt you’ll want to be in here studying. Please plan accordingly.

We’ll post updates to this page to let you know what’s happening in the library.


3/15: The new ceiling tile has arrived!

3/19: We met with Campus Facilities to discuss the project. Prep work will begin in the library on Friday, March 22, *after* exams are over. Campus facilities will be draping the stacks and laying down plastic sheeting. If possible, they may begin removing ceiling tiles from the open areas of the library.

They assured us that it will be a mess in here — so, plan to be elsewhere. If you need a quiet place to study over break, check out the hours of our other fine campus libraries.

3/21: More prep is underway! Scaffolding has arrived. The plants are being relocated to other parts of the building (hey, they might as well go on Spring Break, too!). Because of anticipated health and safety concerns, there will be no after hours access to Zalk Library starting Friday evening. We don’t want you to trip over something (in the dark since our lights will be out), or get a massive headache from the oil-based paint fumes! We’ll restore after-hours access as soon as we can.

Library staff will be in the building — look for us in the old Comparative Orthopedics Lab. If you need to get a hold of us, send us an email at