The Project

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.

Tom Hyry
Tom Hyry
Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library


Working Timeline

January – October 2017

Feasibility study completed

July 2018

Project approved by University

August – December 2018

Schematic design phase

January – June 2019

Construction planning

June – September 2019

Pre-construction activities and building preparation

August 2019

Houghton building closes to researchers and visitors; interim reading room opens in Widener Library

October 2019 – September 2020

Construction period for building interior

November 2020

Exterior construction completed

December 2020 – March 2021

Staff and collections relocate

Spring 2021

Reopening (timing and services dependent on construction and COVID-19)