Killam atrium closes for renovations

Library to remain open during renovations

- June 21, 2012

Earlier this month, students got a chance to explore some of the furniture and colour options for the renovated atrium. (Danny Abriel photo)
Earlier this month, students got a chance to explore some of the furniture and colour options for the renovated atrium. (Danny Abriel photo)

If you're planning to drop into the Killam Library on Monday morning, the first face you see may not be the usually friendly library staff: it may be a construction worker in steel-toed boots and a hard hat. But don’t panic—the library is still open and there’s just a three week, temporary closure of the atrium to prepare the space for some exciting renovations and improvements that will be ready just in time for September.

Between June 25 and July 15, the atrium will be closed but the library will remain open. During this time, the library will not be accessible through the front entrance. Instead, students, staff and other visitors can use the entrance at the back of the building, across from Howe Hall.   

After July 15, the atrium will re-open, the front entrance can be used, and food services will resume inside the atrium. However, renovations and construction will continue throughout the summer and the space will be completed by late August.

Plenty of places to grab morning coffee

Heather Sutherland, assistant vice-president, Ancillary Services, reminds employees and students on campus for the summer that they won’t have to go far for their morning coffee and treats.  

“There are lots of great options nearby, like the bright yellow mobile canteen called My 3 Cousins. They are parked right across from the library on University Avenue and have expanded their menu and hours of operation. They will be open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in addition to their traditional middle-eastern inspired fare, will serve fresh coffee and an assortment of pastries, muffins and breakfast items.”

Other food services options include the Second Cup in the Goldberg Computer Science Building, the food court and Tim Hortons in the Life Sciences Centre, and Tim Hortons in the Tupper Building.

A new look for the atrium

The renovations are designed to improve the already-popular campus hang-out space with additional seating, including new comfy chairs and booths. The lighting will be enhanced and there will be a new ramp and revitalized patio area.

A glimpse at what the atrium space will look like will be available shortly on Dal's Campus Plan website.


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