Lobby renovation on tap for Woodruff Library

The Woodruff Library lobby is getting a long-awaited makeover.

A rendering of the Woodruff Library lobby renovation shows the lobby through the northwest entrance, the new placement of a smaller information desk and new, wider turnstiles.

Renovation construction will begin just after Commencement on May 9 and will continue throughout the summer. Improvements will include making the entrance ADA compliant and remodeling the waiting areas.

“We’re excited to begin fall semester with a new, more welcoming and accessible lobby,” said Emory Libraries interim dean and university librarian Lisa Macklin. “The desk will be smaller, opening up the lobby for seating where you can meet a colleague or friend, or just hang out. We’ll have display cases to highlight exhibitions in the Libraries and the Carlos Museum, inviting you to visit and learn more.”

The library will remain open during construction, which should be completed in time for the opening of fall semester in August.

Project manager Tiffany Miles said the renovation was previously planned for summer 2020, but the project was delayed by the pandemic. The plans and materials have been updated as needed to successfully move forward this summer.

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