Library-by-Library Updates

LibraryTimeline for ConsolidationConsolidation ActivitiesStatus as of May 2018
Veterinary Medicine Reading RoomMay 2016
  • Space was repurposed to create the student-focused Renk Learning Center, which opened in Spring 2017.
  • Concentrated collections moved to Steenbock Library.
  • More information.
Library work completed May 2016
Wendt Commons Library2016-2019
  • Wendt Commons Library merged with GLS in July 2016.
  • In 2016, an initial collections reduction shifted some materials to the Middleton Shelving Facility. The remaining active collections will be relocated to Steenbock Library and inactive collections split between Verona and the Science Libraries’ shelving facility in late 2018.
  • Space repurposed to create the Grainger Design Innovation Lab, as well as new instructional, tutoring, and study space.
  • Alignment of engineering librarians’ work with the Science & Engineering Libraries (SEL).
  • Wendt Library ceases library services in Wendt Commons in May 2018.
  • More information.
Realignment of services underway.
Chemistry LibraryDecember 2016 - 2019
  • Space will be transformed into the Chemistry Information Commons in 2019, which will include reference and consultation space for the Chemistry Librarian.
  • The library space closes in May 2018. Liaison services will be relocated within the Chemistry Building.
  • Collections relocated to Steenbock Library and the Verona Shelving Facility.
  • More information.
Collections work completed; liaison services ongoing.
Business LibrarySpring 2017 - June 2018
  • Collaboration with Wisconsin School of Business to create the new Business Learning Commons on three levels of Grainger Hall.
  • Collections footprint reduced to allow for greater study, learning, and collaboration space.
  • Additional collections consolidated into Verona Shelving Facility.
  • More information.
Business Learning Commons open; collections work ongoing through June 2018.
Ruth Ketterer Harris Library (School of Human Ecology)Spring - December 2017
  • Collections consolidated into Verona Shelving Facility, as well as Kohler Art Library and Special Collections.
  • Current reading room redesigned into a gallery supporting academic program needs.
  • Development of new liaison support model for academic departments. Design Studies liaison support shifting to Kohler Art Library in 2018.
Collections work completed; liaison services ongoing.
GeographySummer 2017 - Summer 2018
  • During the first phase, the department plans to repurpose space as an updated and more visible Cartography Lab and a flexible meeting space. Phase 2 will include a large, adaptable digital teaching and learning space.
  • Collections are being consolidated to enhance relevant collections at several libraries across campus. Inactive material is being relocated to storage.
  • Library space closed December 2017.
  • Renovation will begin late Summer or early Fall 2018.
  • More information.
Collections work completed; liaison services ongoing.
Social Science Reference Library2019-2020
  • Plans for the space will be collaboratively determined by the departments and institutes served by the Social Science Reference Library, along with the College of Letters & Science.
  • Limited collections work will occur prior to the library closure in May 2019, with remaining collections processed Summer 2019.

Consolidation of collections on track for 2019 completion.
Science libraries: Astronomy, Physics, and Math2020-2022
  • Initial departmental discussions are underway to determine the best path forward.
Planning stage