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Stories about buildings, renovations, special purpose spaces, equipment such as printers, etc.
Hours & Access – special hours and access restrictions (e.g., restrictions at D’Angelo during finals).

Crerar’s 2nd and 3rd floors close for renovations

Starting Monday, March 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of Crerar Library will be inaccessible to Library users due to the start of renovations. Group study rooms will be unavailable, and study areas will be limited to the 1st floor and Crerar lounge. Both of these areas are collaborative zones. Quiet study at Crerar will resume when construction of a new lower level study space is completed.

Books and journals in Crerar are located on the lower level in compact shelving, with a selected reference and unbound journal collection on the 1st floor.  Additional science books and journals are located in the Mansueto Library.  Please check the Library Catalog for more information about specific items.

If you have any questions about finding material in the collection or the renovations, please contact Crerar Circulation or Director of the Science Libraries Barbara Kern (bkern@uchicago.edu).

Mansueto Library 360° video

Explore the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, get a robot’s-eye view of the automated storage and retrieval system, and see preservation experts at work in the conservation and digitization laboratories in this 360° video.

How to view 360° videos

On desktop computers, use a web browser compatible with 360° playback (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera). Click and drag the mouse to adjust the frame. Set the video quality to 2160S (4K) for an optimal viewing experience.

On mobile devices, install the YouTube app, and visit https://youtu.be/fV6CAJsqWLA. Either tap and drag your finger to adjust the frame, or move the full device around with your hands.

About the Mansueto Library

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library opened at the heart of the University of Chicago campus in 2011. It features a soaring elliptical glass dome capping a 180-seat Grand Reading Room, state-of-the-art conservation and digitization laboratories, and an underground high-density automated storage and retrieval system.

Learn more at mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu.

Take a virtual tour of Regenstein Library

Regenstein Library is a memorable part of the University of Chicago experience. Affectionately referred to as “the Reg,” the University’s largest library is a hub for students, faculty, and staff. The Library invites you to learn more about this unique building in a virtual tour.

The Reg’s brutalist architecture distinguishes it from the Gothic spires of the University’s first buildings. But don’t let the grey limestone exterior fool you; inside the Reg is a dynamic mixed-use space with a collaborative, open study floor; massive, quiet bookstacks; and innovative technology studios.

In the virtual tour, you can visit the Library and explore spaces such as the Special Collections Research Center and the newly redesigned A Level, as well as the Mansueto Library, which is connected to Regenstein by a glass bridge. The video also shows users how to find and borrow a book, get software and research assistance, and reserve a group study room.

If you have any questions about the Library, its services, or its spaces please Ask a Librarian.

Map Collection extends hours, GIS assistance

The Regenstein Library Map Collection has extended its hours Monday through Thursday: now opening at 10 a.m.

In addition to regular Map Collection use, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the academic quarter, GIS Resident Librarian Taylor Hixson will offer walk-in GIS assistance to patrons.

Taylor can assist walk-in patrons by:

  • identifying spatial data resources
  • helping organize, format, and join spatial datasets
  • finding journal articles, books, and other research about GIS
  • providing basic instruction for desktop GIS and web mapping tools
  • consulting with patrons about planning and managing spatial data research
  • linking patrons with advanced spatial analysis and computing centers at the university

Taylor is also available for scheduled GIS consultations in Crerar Library. To schedule a GIS consultation, e-mail her at taylorhixson@uchicago.edu.

The Map Collection is located on the third floor of Regenstein Library, and during the academic quarters its hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 12 -5 p.m.  Hours during interims are Monday-Friday 12-5 p.m.

New collaborative learning center opens on Regenstein Library A Level

Over the summer, the Regenstein Library A Level was transformed into an inviting and attractive collaborative learning environment where students, faculty, academic technologists, and librarians can interact.  The space is now open for use.

Welcome to collaborative learning centerAn open group work area was created in the center of the room.  Around this central zone, 10 new collaboration rooms have been constructed.  Their walls are covered in clear dry erase paint and can be used as whiteboards.  These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and allow four to six people to work together comfortably.

A new terrazzo floor with café-style seating has been added along the glass wall on the north side of the A Level.  This space provides users with inspiring views of the Block Garden, which was redesigned this summer.

A new vending machine is stocked with supplies such as headphones, dry erase markers, pens, post-it notes, and mini-staplers.  A beverage vending machine has also been added.  A multifunction device for copying, printing, and scanning is available.

An easy-to-operate “one button” video production studio, which will enable users to create video essays and rehearse presentations, is scheduled to be installed by the close of October.

Later this quarter, a 27-foot bar-height table equipped with convenient access to duplex power outlets will be installed just beyond the entry.  Over the December interim, additional improvements will be made to the A Level.  Seven hanging whiteboards with adjacent power outlets will be installed in the central open work zone.  Sixty lockers, which will be available for daily rental, will also be installed in one of the small rooms along the west wall.

The final phase of this project, which has yet to be scheduled, will focus on the easternmost section of the floor.  Tentative plans include a 36-person active learning classroom and a technology zone.

Using Crerar Library during Fall Quarter

Plans are currently under development to modify the use of space within the John Crerar Library. Following renovations, the first and lower floors will be comprised of critical library space with associated research support services and selected collections, public and study spaces, and teaching/seminar spaces. These floors will also serve as a home for innovative programs around data science and data-driven discovery that will support faculty and students across the University. The upper floors of Crerar will provide space for the Department of Computer Science and associated programs.

The John Crerar LibraryPreparations for these renovations are now underway, and access to the upper two floors and the lower level of Crerar Library will be limited at various times during Fall and Winter Quarters.

During these times, the first floor of Crerar Library will remain open and library services will be available. The Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) on Crerar’s 1st Floor will remain available to users during this time.

As part of the renovation, selected materials from the collections are being temporarily moved to the Mansueto Library until a suitable long-term location is identified. The movement of materials will continue into the Winter Quarter. Materials that remain in Crerar will be located on the lower level. The moving of collections is taking place Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will produce some noise. The lower level stacks area will not be open to users during this time.  Signage in the building will notify users of spaces that are closed.

During this time, if you are unable to locate or access material in the collections that you are interested in, please consult with Crerar staff for assistance.  If the item is temporarily unavailable, Library staff will automatically request a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. Material that has been relocated to Mansueto can be requested through a link in the Library Catalog just like any other Mansueto material.

In the coming months the University will be completing plans for the John Crerar Library and the Department of Computer Science, and we look forward to sharing those details when they are available.

Jean Block Garden renovation at Regenstein

In conjunction with the Regenstein A Level project, the Jean Block Garden, located on the north side of Regenstein Library, will undergo a garden renovation project beginning Friday, August 5.  The work schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with planned completion in 6 business days, dependent upon the weather.

The renovation includes the removal of yews in the southwest corner of the garden as well as the removal of the existing gravel pathway and the steel edging.  Existing perennials around the removed yews will be transplanted within the garden.  New planting bed lines will also be created and sod will be installed.

Viewed from the 72-foot glass wall on the north side of the A Level, the renovated Block Garden will provide students and faculty working in the collaborative learning center with inspiring garden views.

Jean Block Garden 2016 Renovation

 

Regenstein A Level closed June 13 to Sept. 9 to create a collaborative learning center

Work continues this summer on a three-phase project to transform the Regenstein A Level Reading Room into an inviting and attractive collaborative learning center where students, faculty, academic technologists, and librarians can interact. Library and IT Services staff have worked with Woodhouse Tinucci Architects to create a design that will transform the floor into a vibrant laboratory of interactive learning.

From June 13 until September 9, the A Level Reading Room will be closed for phase two renovations. At the center of the floor, a broad, open area will be created, where groups can work at whiteboard panels suspended from the ceiling. Around this central zone, 10 new collaboration nooks lined with whiteboards will be built to allow four to six people to work together comfortably. Video monitors will be available in some nooks.

Last fall, during the first phase of the project, a 72-foot glass wall was installed, bringing daylight deep inside the room and providing a view of the Jean Block Garden. This summer, a new terrazzo floor and café tables will be added along the glass.

An easy-to-operate “one button” video production studio will also be added this summer, enabling students to create video essays and rehearse presentations.

In the final phase of the project, tentatively planned for summer 2017, contractors will create a 36-person active learning classroom and a technology zone, including studio space for creating web tutorials, producing webinars, and delivering online instruction.

During construction, crews will be working weekdays until approximately 4 p.m. The Library apologizes for the noise and inconvenience caused by this work.

A Level rendering

A Level rendering (courtesy of Woodhouse Tinucci)

Recordings Collection now in Mansueto

The Recordings Collection, formerly located in Regenstein Room 360, has been relocated to the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.

The Collection is now accessible all of the hours that Mansueto is open (107½ hours per week during the academic quarter), compared to the 36 hours per week the collection was formerly accessible in Regenstein Room 360.

In addition to providing longer service hours, the new location allows items in the collection to be requested at any time and from any place with an internet connection via the Library Catalog.  Material will be available for pick up within 15 minutes of the request during the open hours of Mansueto Circulation.  See “How do I request items from Mansueto?” for more information.

For users who wish to listen to recordings on site, one of the glass research cubicles in Mansueto has been converted into a listening station equipped with a CD player, turntable, cassette player and headphones. Users may request access to this new listening station at Mansueto Circulation.

For more information about the Recordings Collection, please contact Scott Landvatter, the Bibliographer for Music.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click "Request from Mansueto Library" to retrieve.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click “Request from Mansueto Library” to begin retrieval process.

Changes at Ex Libris Café

Over the March interim, three new bar-height tables, each 24 feet long, were installed in Ex Libris, the student run coffee shop located in the northeast corner of the 1st floor of Regenstein.   The new tables, with convenient access to 60 duplex power outlets, provide much-needed additional seating for café users.  They replace a number of the round three-person café tables, which have been moved to the A Level, another Regenstein meal zone, adjacent to the new glass wall.

KI Apply café stoolsEx Libris cafe logo are on order and are expected by the close of April; they will replace the temporary stools being used at the bar-height tables.

Another change in the café this quarter is a new beverage on the menu – cold nitrous infused coffee on tap.

Lastly, for those wondering whether there are now fewer sofas in the café, rest assured that the same number of sofas remain; they have just been rearranged.