Odegaard Closing for One Week, then Will Re-Open with Renovated Spaces Open

The Odegaard Library will close for the spring/summer interim from Friday, June 14 at 5pm to Monday, June 24 at 8am.  When the library re-opens on June 24, all of the renovated spaces will be ready for students to use.  Everyone is welcome to visit and explore the changes made during the year-long renovation project.  You’ll see lots more light  and color, innovative active learning classrooms, writeable walls, team rooms ideal for group study and media viewing, a dramatic atrium and much more.  Welcome (back) to Odegaard on June 24!

Furniture on the Move!

Booth 1st Floor

      During the next week or so, lots of new furniture will be moved into the first floor and   around the atrium on the second and third floors. There will be large tables, task chairs on wheels, soft seating, and small conversation tables.  The built-in booths are complete with monitors for use with a laptop.  The seven new study rooms each have a large monitor, good for video viewing and more.  Courses are already being scheduled in the two active learning classrooms for Autumn Quarter 2013 and beyond.  We are looking forward to welcoming everyone into the new spaces this summer!

More photos are on Flickr at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ouglrenovation/.


Odegaard Open 24 Hours Now Until Friday June 14

Odegaard Library will be open 24 hours until Friday, June 14 at 5pm. This includes the weekend of June 7-9,  a new tradition begun just last Autumn Quarter when ASUW  requested that the library be open 24 hours the weekend before finals week. A current UW Husky Card is required for entry between 8pm and 8am.

The hours of all the UW libraries can be found at http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/hours/.

Innovative Writing Center to Open in New Space in Odegaard Library

The Odegaard Writing & Research Center (OWRC) will open in an exciting new space on the first floor of the library in late June and with a new and innovative program. The library’s reference service and the OWRC’s writing service will work together in the space to provide students easy access to expert help in completing their writing and research projects.  The OWRC will have cafe-height counters, round tables for tutoring sessions, a meeting room, a small reference library, and a welcome area with comfortable seating. It will be a welcoming space for students! See photographs of the new OWRC and the rest of the first floor at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ouglrenovation/.

Ode is Changing!

Odegaard Library will be changing rapidly as we approach completion of the renovation.  On Wednesday, the remaining construction wall on the 2nd floor will come down, opening up a clear view of the atrium from all sides and all the way up to the skylight. The new staircase is getting wood trim and the new wood ceilings are being installed. Carpet laying has begun today on the 3rd floor where there has been cement floor. The 2nd floor will get new carpet on the cement floors next week.

Two active learning classrooms are being constructed. New technology, instructor podiums and student tables will be installed beginning on April 15. You may also notice the casework painted a warm poppy color. One of these units will have six computers; another will have print and scan stations. The casework will be getting interactive signs and wood slats later in April or early May.



Open 24 Hours the Weekend Before Finals and During Finals Week

Odegaard Library will be open 24 hours from Friday, March 15  until Friday, March 22 at 5pm. This is a new tradition begun just last Autumn Quarter when ASUW  requested that the library be open 24 hours the weekend before finals week.

During the weekend of March 15-17, only UW students, faculty and staff with a current Husky Card may enter the building during the following time periods:  Friday, March 15 at 6pm to Saturday,  March 16 at noon; and Saturday, March 16 at 6pm to Sunday, March 17 at noon.  During finals week, a current Husky Card is required for entry between 8pm and 8am.

The hours of all the UW libraries can be found at http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/hours/.


Odegaard Library Will Be Closed During Spring Break

Odegaard Library will close for spring break from March 23, 2013 – March 31, 2013.  The closure will allow the contractor to complete the permanent entry lobby, which will be located just south of the temporary lobby.  We will re-open at 8am on Monday, April 1, the first day of Spring Quarter.

When we are closed March 23-31, 2013:

Printing and scanning is available at all other campus libraries. Instructors can send us reserve lists online at http://www.lib.washington.edu/types/course/instructors/request or drop off print lists at the Media Center, 3rd floor of Suzzallo Library.  For LMS support (Canvas/Catalyst/Tegrity), UW-IT can be reached at 206-221-5000 or help@uw.edu.

January 2013 Construction Update

Odegaard has re-opened after our winter break closure. Lots of construction progress during the closure, most dramatically the addition of new glass walls on the 3rd floor and the installation of the wood sculpture ceiling. We are beginning to see the new staircase take shape, too. View photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ouglrenovation/.

Here’s a quick summary from our contractor, Mortenson, of the milestones expected over the next few months:

3rd floor: Steel railings, wood/glass into the railings, lighting, dry wall, door frames installed.

2nd floor: atrium stair treads/landings, steel railings, wood/glass into the railings, wood ceiling under the stairs installed.

1st floor: atrium stair treads/risers, drywall, wood ceiling, interactive walls, sliding doors, atrium seating, a/v equipment installed.

Also on the 1st floor the new vestibule will be built.