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Library Expansion Next Chapter in Renewal Plan

Library Expansion Next Chapter in Renewal Plan

Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2019
St. Jerome’s University’s $2.2 million library renovation begins on April 27th, with the closure of the current site and relocation of some services to the J.R. Finn building on campus. The expansion will include 17,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning, research, collaborative and quiet study space; an accessibility lift; collaborative smart classrooms; private meeting spaces; and electronic compact shelving. The project is the next chapter in the University’s Campus Renewal Plan launched in 2014, which has included the opening of a 360-bed residence and a 2,087 square metre academic centre.
“We are pleased to be working with ABA Architects and RossClair Contractors to bring exciting and creative spaces to the library that supports and inspires both focused, quiet study, and collaborative, transformational learning,” stated Zack MacDonald, Assistant Librarian, and Project Coordinator for the renovations working with Justin Black, SJU’s Director of Operations. “The new library enhances the traditional library spaces and services that SJU is well-loved for, while also pushing the boundaries of the types of services small liberal arts libraries can provide.”
St. Jerome’s University’s library is located on the second floor of the SJ1 building on campus, and houses an on-site collection of books, periodicals, audiovisual and electronic resources. During the closure staff and limited services (printing, physical reserves and Interlibrary Loan pick-ups) will be available in a temporary location, located on the lower level of the J.R. Finn building on campus. Modified service hours will be offered at this site. The main collection will be stored off-site until the renewal is completed in January 2020.
 “With this new library, the St. Jerome’s University community is investing in our students, our faculty, and the broader learning community on the University of Waterloo campus. Once completed, our library will serve not only as a centre for research and learning but as a centre for our community, with available space for public gatherings and artistic installations,” stated Scott Kline, St. Jerome’s University’s Vice President Academic and Dean.
To keep current on the library renovation visit for updates. To learn about donor and naming opportunities being offered as part of the renovations please visit the “Giving to St. Jerome’s” page on the university’s website.  
The University’s Campus Renewal Plan respectfully acknowledges “The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act” (AODA), as a key priority in its mandate and aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people on campus. 


Marilyn Caird, Administrative Manager
Vice President Academic and Dean’s Office
St. Jerome’s University
(519) 884-8111 x28245



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