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Library renovations: what you need to know

This site keeps the community up-to-date on library services during renovations @ UVic Libraries' Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

Who to contact

Have questions about the library renovations?

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Coming soon! a new library service desk

Construction of a new service desk and expanded study space is underway on the main floor of the Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library.

During this construction phase some desks have been removed, existing furniture reconfigured, and the Ask Us service desk temporarily located to the Music + Media desk on the main floor, at the back of the building on the left.  Staff are available to answer questions at this temporary desk near and via email AskUs.

Expected completion date: Summer 2023

Architect's rendering of the renovated space.

new student spaces

Image credits: Jensen Chernoff Thompson Architects

Looking for quiet/silent study spaces?

If you are looking for quieter space to study, you can find silent study spaces on the Lower Level and Third Floor of Mearns-McPherson Library.  Group study rooms are available for online booking

Unplug(ged), a new space at the back of the First Floor on the left, will be available for quiet study; use of electronics is allowed during renovations.

Čeqʷəŋín ʔéʔləŋ (Cheko’nien House) the first of two new student residences, located across Ring Road from the Libraries, has single and group seating on the first and second floors.  In addition, the campus has multiple computer labs offering bookable project rooms and group work tables.

Need help with noise reduction?

Noisy work is scheduled after the library building is closed and, if needed, during the early morning opening hours (7:30 am - 9 am Monday to Friday). However, should you need earplugs or wish to check out noise-dampening headphones, see the friendly library staff at the Ask Us desk.

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