In August 2019, Houghton Library closed for a year-long renovation. Our goal: to make the building more accessible and welcoming while enhancing research and teaching spaces.
This website explains the details of the renovation project and provides important information about the services we are offering researchers, faculty, visitors, and partner institutions during Houghton’s temporary closure. As the project takes shape and develops, we’ll update the site so that it’s as current and accurate as possible.
If you have any questions that the site doesn’t address or want to learn more, we hope you’ll contact us. And, of course, we hope you’ll visit when Houghton re-opens.
Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library
In the News
Feasibility study completedJuly 2018
Project approved by UniversityAugust – December 2018
Schematic design phaseJanuary – June 2019
Construction planningJune – September 2019
Pre-construction activities and building preparationAugust 2019
Houghton building closes to researchers and visitors; interim reading room opens in Widener LibraryOctober 2019 – September 2020
Construction period for building interiorNovember 2020
Exterior construction completedDecember 2020 – January 2021
Staff and collections relocateJanuary 2021
Reopening (timing and services dependent on construction and COVID-19)