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Science & Engineering Library Renovation

News and information about the UCSC Science & Engineering Library renovation.



The Science & Engineering Library opened at its current location in 1991. Over the next thirty years, the size of the campus and our STEM community has more than doubled. The library, as it is currently configured, is not optimized to serve the needs of 21st-century researchers and learners.

The renovation of the facility will be phased and donor funded.

Renovation phases

The Kathryn D. Sullivan Floor (lower lever) is currently closed for renovation. We anticipate that it will reopen on March 28, 2022. This phase of the renovation project includes:

  • A permanent home for the library's Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio
  • Compact shelving that will allow us to better maintain and grow our print collections
  • Upgraded HVAC (ventilation) system
  • A new non-gendered bathroom
  • A new lactation room
  • Improved ADA accessibility
  • New carpet, paint, and furniture

The main (middle) level renovation began in 2017 with the addition of the Active Learning Classroom, new Information Commons, and the S&E Library's first non-gendered bathroom. The HSI STEM Hub opened in 2019. The HVAC (ventilation) system and acoustic ceiling tiles will be upgraded in spring 2022.

The Sandra M. Faber Floor (upper level) opened on January 10th, 2020. This phase of the renovation project included:

  • Increased seating capacity to 440
  • Improved access to electricity for all seats
  • Four new reservable group study rooms
  • Two new non-gendered bathrooms
  • New carpet, paint, and furniture
  • New acoustic ceiling tiles and panels 
  • New HVAC (ventilation) system




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