May 28 Renovation Updates


Utility work for water and sewer will begin this week on the west side of Gorgas.  A fence will be put into place to enclose an area between the crosswalk near the Round House and the west end of the porch at Capstone.  A protected alternate walkway and accessible entry point into the building will be provided. 


  • Removal of old steam pipes from the tunnel (underneath 102 and 104A) is complete. Sanitary and water lines will be installed in this tunnel.
  • Abatement around the elevator on the mezzanine level is complete.
  • Abatement in 203 is complete.
  • Demolition of JavaCity has begun.
  • Installation of temporary partitions has begun on 4M and upper floors.
  • Abatement is scheduled for Monday in 303.
  • Installation of new sanitary line will begin today.
  • Site work for connection to water meter underneath Capstone Drive will begin today.
  • Staff elevator cab has been disassembled.
  • Demolition in 203 and 104A has begun.
  • A wall will be constructed in 202.
  • The partition for work in 205 and 205C will be built this week.

Join us for first day of classes!

Students join us for cupcakes, cookies, lemonade and water in Gorgas Library, second floor elevator lobby, on Wednesday, May 29 at 11 a.m. as we celebrate the first day of summer school.  First come, first served, so come over while refreshments last! 

Updates to Music Library access

Music Library will be closed Saturday, May 25- Monday, May 27.

  • The Music Library will no longer be accessible from the outside emergency doors.
  • Patrons will use the pathway through rooms 112 and 109c to enter the Music Library. See Information Desk to help located the pathway.
  • Evening, night, and weekend hours, the doors will be locked.
  • Keys will be available at the Circulation Desk for guided access during closed hours for music faculty and students and for the purposes of retrieving specific collection items. Please use 4M for quiet study space.
  • During the summer, the Music Library will close at 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and will remain closed over the weekend.

May 21, 2019 Gorgas Library Renovation Updates

Rooms 102 and 104 (Computer Lab) remain closed for the installation of a new sewer line and fresh water supply line.

Partitions are going up around the new staff elevator from the basement to the 5th floor.

A partition is in place around rooms 113A and 104A in preparation for the restroom expansion.

Java City remains closed.  Vending machines with cold drinks and snacks are located on the first floor next to room 100.

A partition for the renovation in Java City will go up today and tomorrow.  This partition and the staff elevator partition will block the entrance to the Music Library.

Anyone needing assess to the Whisper Booths in the Music Library, please seek assistance at the Information Desk. 

The Java City partition will also block the south stairwells to the second floor.  Please use the public elevators to access the upper floors.

Furniture is being removed on the second floor next to the Circulation Desk in preparation for renovation of the elevator lobby, adjacent areas, and Gorgas 205. This furniture is being moved to 4M for additional seating.

Study space and computers are located on the third floor.  Additional study spaces are located on 2M and 4M.

Room 102 and 104 (computer lab) are closed

On Tuesday, May 14, Gorgas 102 and 104 (computer lab) will be closed due to construction work. There is not a definitive timeline for this part of the project. Please check with the Information Desk or Circulation desk for alternative study spaces.

And so it begins…

The construction crews are on site and ready to begin work in Gorgas Library!

For the first few days, they will be busy setting up their workspaces and fencing in areas on the Capstone Drive side of the building for dumpsters, a place to store materials, and areas that will be used for carrying debris out of the building. 

UA personnel and furniture vendors are in the building today to move computers, relocate some student work stations in 102 and 104, and relocate some furniture.  There will be a final pre-construction meeting tomorrow and in a few days we will have an official timeline for the various phases of the work on the Core Project (elevators and restrooms).