Facilities Master Plan


(June 29, 2017)

The consultants working with the Libraries on the Library Master Plan recently completed a series of town halls on campus to provide faculty, students, staff, and the community updates on the process so far. The draft scenarios presented during these sessions will now be further built out over the summer, based on the feedback received through the town halls, the online comment form, and ongoing discussions with the master plan steering committee. The final trip to campus by the consultants to present their reports (trip 6 in the initial timeline) was scheduled to take place this summer. However, this process requires significant data gathering and research from entities across campus, with adequate time to compile and review. With the mindset that the master plan must be exceptionally constructed, the project team has pushed back the final trip to September to allow for the appropriate work by the consultants. While there are no public meetings on campus over the summer, the work with the project team behind the scenes will continue, in order for the scenarios to be further developed prior to the September visit.  

The consulting team’s Draft User Research Report can be found here.

The presentation from the April 25-26, 2017 Town Halls can be found here. Introductory remarks for the Town Halls from the Vice Provost for Libraries can be found here

Feedback from our campus community may be submitted here.

The Campus Libraries Facilities Master Plan is intended to provide direction for campus library buildings through the next 20-25 years. Since November 2016, the team of consulting groups have worked with Libraries to develop this plan. Throughout the process, several workshops and outreach efforts have taken place across campus. The Libraries recognize the community’s input is imperative to designing the most successful plan for the future.

Our consulting groups, brightspot and Engberg Anderson, scheduled campus visits between December 2016 and May 2017 to engage with students, faculty, and staff to:

  • Gather input on the draft report on library user feedback, building from each onsite visit and the faculty survey conducted (December – May)
  • Review the draft scenarios for future campus library locations (April/May)
  • Discuss the next steps in the master planning process (April/May)

The facilities master planning effort is an ongoing process. As part of that process and in addition to the draft recommendations report, a variety of campus library locations scenarios are being created. These scenarios are intended to serve as conversation starters to better help us and our users discuss and explore the best possible opportunities and vision for our campus libraries. These scenarios are expected to evolve. The current draft scenarios will be available on this website soon.The Master Plan ties together the work underway with strategic planning, consolidation, and service delivery.  These activities are individual, but must also merge to enable implementation of contemporary library services, modern learning spaces, and the expertise needed to provide support for teaching, learning and research. The master plan provides a rationalization for the long-term changes required of a large, complex, distributed library system.

Please return to this page for updates to the project status.

Question about the facilities master planning process may be directed to Carrie Kruse.

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