What space changes are occurring in Wilson Library?


Recent surveys and focus groups with our faculty and student users have guided our plans to redesign Wilson Library to better align with contemporary scholarly needs. Wilson Library, a classic mid century building, has had few programmatic renovations since it opened in 1968. Originally built to house 1.5 million volumes, Wilson now holds 3.6 million, severely limiting the amount and variety of user spaces available for study, collections use, consultation, technology access, and collaboration.

Conversations with users have helped begin to shape near-term plans and are contributing to longer term planning. Renovation of Wilson Library and addition of collection storage capacity is on the University’s future legislative agenda, and predesign is currently underway. As this work unfolds, we will seek opportunities for deeper engagement with faculty, student, staff, and community users to refine the vision for a future Wilson library.

While waiting for a full renovation, the Libraries will continue to make modest investments to improve space in Wilson, and to test new service models.

What projects are currently happening?

Wilson Research Collaboration Studio (opened in Fall 2017)

The Studio opened in Fall 2017 on the first floor of Wilson Library. The studio provideswill be a flexible, open, and experimental collaboration space where faculty, students, librarians, and technologists can work together, leveraging digital tools for innovative research, learning and the creation of new knowledge. The Studio is a destination for collaboration, consultation, and presentation on digital scholarship, online publishing, geospatial data, entrepreneurship, and learning innovation. The space can be flexibly configured to support small project teams, group seminars, and consultations. For more information, please see Wilson Research Collaboration Studio.

New Group Study Rooms

Four new group study rooms are now available in the Wilson Lobby. These glassed-in rooms (two with open fronts, two fully enclosed with swinging glass doors) continue the updates that were made to the Lobby in 2015. These spaces as well as four additional study rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor may be reserved.

Wilson Reference Collection
  • A small reference collection of highly used titles is located in the northwest corner of the Research Collaboration Studio.
  • The majority of the reference collection has been integrated into the general collection and is available for check-out.
  • Reference Microfilm has been moved to the Wilson Basement.

Computers and Uniprint station
  • Public computers, as well as the printer, are located in the back of the main Lobby area.
  • Additional public computers are located in the basement.

Bloomberg Terminal

The Bloomberg Terminal is located in the Business Research & Data Lab inside the Wilson Research Collaboration Studio. The Lab is used for teaching and small group consultations, and is reservable.

Visual History Archive and CDROM Computer

These two resources have been moved to the Basement.

Study Spaces
  • Quiet study space can be found on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of Wilson Library.
  • While not considered quiet study, the Basement level also provides additional space for collaboration and study.

Where is SMART located?

Starting in fall 2017, the SMART Learning Commons has moved back to the basement level of Wilson Library. SMART continues to offer a wide range of services designed to help students achieve academic success.

Have additional questions?

If you have any questions, please contact us at lib-space@umn.edu.


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