Reimagining MSU Libraries: Summer Construction Update
Last fall we sent out a campus survey to help us assess the needs of our community as we look to reimagine our spaces and services in partnership with brightspot strategy. Construction is in full force this summer, and we are excited to share some key updates and timelines with you as we move toward making our spaces more responsive to the current and future needs of our students, faculty and staff.
With Board of Trustees approval, our project to remodel the 3rd floor, East Wing for a new home for Special Collections began the last week of June. This project will continue until at least September 2024. Expect increased noise in the East wing in Summer and Fall 2023 as demolition of the old space and construction on the new space begins. Sidewalks around the Main Library will be impacted by the construction. Access to the collections on 4 East will be impacted by construction since the HVAC system is undergoing replacement: watch our website for details on how to access materials when construction means we must close that floor to the public.
The new Starbucks space will be in the former Sparty’s Café area, which closed on May 5. Vending machines will remain in the space over the summer. Starbucks is now scheduled to open in early September. Mobile ordering will be available, and the microwaves and vending machines in the area will remain in place. In addition, MSU plans to install a Farmer’s Fridge alongside our current vending options to supplement healthy food offerings. The Children’s Nook is temporarily closed for the Starbuck’s construction. Future plans will be shared once they are in final form.
Construction on the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation began May 15. Much of the 2 West is currently closed off for construction, and access to the floor from the center stairwell is unavailable. The area is scheduled to be completed by September.
The Nursing Mother's Room on 2-West will be unavailable until construction is complete. We apologize for the inconvenience. To find other nearby rooms for nursing mothers visit https://worklife.msu.edu/parenting/lactation/.
We are looking forward to a busy, noisy summer, but most importantly to some amazing transformations of our spaces! As always, we are available at our information desks as well as by phone at (517) 353-8700.