Pardon Our Progress: Reese Library Renovation Update

by Barb Mann

The renovation of Reese Library’s HVAC system is continuing. The second and third floors have now been completed.  The new study area made available on the third floor, due to the demolition of the Pilgrim Room wall and re-location of the Pilgrim Papers, has proven to be quite popular as it is located by windows. The books that were shifted during the renovation process are being moved back to their permanent locations.

As of April 11, work has commenced on the first floor in one of the staff areas. This work will take six to eight weeks to complete.

Beginning the first of June, the Reese Library lobby area and main staircase will undergo HVAC renovation. We expect the renovation to take approximately two months to complete. Because of the fire marshal requirement that the front door be accessible when the Library is open, this work will occur in the evenings with the Library closing at 8:00 pm.  HVAC renovation work on the rest of the first floor will follow and the contractors hope to conclude the HVAC project, including balancing the system, sometime during fall 2016.

In addition to this work, the Office of Experiential Learning will be moving into Reese Library sometime in May. Renovation work is currently underway in the former Systems Office suite on the first floor of Reese Library in preparation for the Office moving in.

Improvements to the temperature and smell will benefit all users of Reese Library. If you have questions, concerns and/or comments, please contact Barb Mann, Head Librarian, Reese Library at or 706-667-4905 or come by the Information Desk and ask to speak with her. A continuously updated construction information page is available from the Reese Library homepage ( or by bookmarking the site directly (

Reese Library wants to ensure that the resources and services we offer best meet the academic needs of the students, faculty, and staff it serves, and this includes the physical space.