Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative

The Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) is a major effort to transform and revitalize the most heavily-used interior public spaces on floors 1, 2, and 8 in Geisel Library–the university’s flagship building. To meet the evolving needs of 21st century students and scholars in an increasingly digital world, the Initiative sets out to dramatically enhance the user experience in Geisel by creating modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

The Revitalization, which launched in July 2015, is being completed in three phases:

Phase 1: Audrey's Café and Lounge (located on Geisel’s main (2nd) floor) – completed in May 2016

Phase 2: 8th Floor Renovation – currently underway; projected to be completed in spring 2018

Phase 3: 1st and 2nd Floor Renovations – the largest of the three phases with construction projected to begin in the 2018-19 academic year

Transforming the Library

Based on ongoing assessments of contemporary user needs and traffic patterns as well as feedback from UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff, the main (2nd) floor of Geisel Library—the most active learning level in the building—and the 1st floor are being redesigned to more effectively support the academic needs of our campus community.

2nd floor renovations include:

  • Audrey's Café and Lounge Completed
  • Reconfiguration of Geisel lobby entrance and service points
  • Active Learning Library Classroom
  • Digital Scholarship and Technology Center
  • Extensive upgrades to the existing East Commons, including the addition of a Technology Sandbox, an Active Learning Lab, and more group study rooms
  • Modern exhibition gallery
  • New and enhanced technologies
  • Significant enhancements to furniture, carpeting and finishes to enhance the aesthetics of the building

1st floor renovations include:

  • Seminar and multi-purpose rooms
  • Additional group study rooms
  • Dedicated faculty and graduate student reading room near the print collections
  • Additional and enhanced technologies
  • Significant enhancements to furniture, carpeting and finishes to enhance the aesthetics of the building

Contacts

  • General Questions

    Jason Schulz
    Capital Program Coordinator
    (858) 822-0206
  • Giving Opportunities

    Taylor Haglund
    Development Assistant
    (858) 534-7021
  • Media Inquires

    Nikki Kolupailo
    Interim Director of Communications
    (858) 534-0667