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Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative

The Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative 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.

Launched in July 2015, the renovations are being completed in multiple phases:

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

Phase 2: 8th Floor Renovationcompleted in September 2018

Phase 3: 2nd (main) Floor Renovations In Progress


Phase 3 - Transforming the 2nd Floor

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

2nd Floor renovation plans include:

  • Audrey's Café and Lounge Completed
  • Modernized lobby entrance and service points
  • New and enhanced technology services
  • Addition of an Active Learning Library Classroom
  • Significant enhancements to furniture, carpeting and finishes across Floor 2