Coming Soon – More Student Study Space

July 16, 2019 Update: We’ve almost reached the Relocation Phase of our project! We are working on logistics now, so that a company can help us begin moving items to our offsite storage facility next week!

July 10, 2019 Update: We’ve been working so hard, that we’ve broken most of our aging fleet of book carts! At least 6 carts have been surplussed due to the project, with 7 remaining for use and we are planning to purchase 10 new heavy duty carts!

June 27, 2019 Update: You may have seen the sea of yellow flags throughout the 5th and 6th floor stacks. We are using these flags as guides to correct barcode placement on items that are being moved to Offsite Storage. Having every barcode in the same place will make it easier for the Offsite Storage staff as they begin to enter item information into the item management system at our offsite location.

June 11, 2019 Update: Did you know that when we moved from Sikes Hall to Cooper Library in the summer of 1966, we used a conveyor belt?
That certainly would have been helpful last week, as we moved over 10,000 items out of the building!

June 5, 2019 Update: We’ve found some interesting things tucked into the book stacks during our work. Here are a few of the items we’ve gathered so far!



May 29. 2019 Update: We slowed our pace a little last week to focus on training more employees to help with the project. Although we only pulled a fraction of what we’ve averaged in weeks past, we’ll be picking up the pace again soon, with employees rotating work on the project throughout each day in weeks to come!

May 21, 2019 Update: Last week, the Journal Move team relocated over 5,000 items! Along with our work on the 5th floor, renovations are currently in progress on Cooper’s 3rd, 4th, and 6th floors! Please proceed with caution, and contact the Library Services Desk with any questions or issues you may have.

May 13, 2019 Update: Now that it’s summer and we can make a little more noise, we’ve been working hard to remove items from the 5th and 6th floor stacks. Last week, we were able to double our previous weekly average, moving over 7,000 items!

May 7, 2019 Update: You may have noticed that we took a break from the journal move project last week.  Now that exams are over, we’re hard at work again!

April 24, 2019 Update: Moving has officially started!  Last week nearly 3000 journals were removed from the 5th and 6th floor stacks and we will continue to move items this week, as well.

April 17, 2019 Update: We’ve started identifying materials to be moved and will begin pulling these items from the 5th and 6th floor shelves soon.  Don’t forget to ask at the Library Services Desk if you need help with anything in the work areas.

April 8, 2019 Update: Planning is currently underway and the project to provide more student study space is slated to start next week!

In preparation, signage will be placed near the 5th floor work areas to help guide you to the information you need while we work.

Keep an eye out for future signage on the 6th floor as well, including the project timeline, fabric samples, furniture to come, and the new layout of the floor at the project’s end.

You asked, and we listened!

The 5th and 6th floors of Cooper Library are being redesigned to provide more student study space!

To achieve this, materials from the 5th and 6th floors are being relocated to our Offsite Storage Facility.  If you can’t find what you need, ask at the Library Services Desk.  If you need an item that’s in storage, want to request a journal article or book chapter, or you need to get an item we don’t own, submit a request through Resource Sharing.

The new and spacious 6th floor of Cooper Library will be ready and waiting on your return in Fall 2019!

For project updates, please visit the project webpage.  Please direct questions to Robin Chambers, Project Manager, at; or Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries, at

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