Library Flooring Project

Project Timeline

Summer 2023 (complete)

✓ First floor public areas

✓ Circulation Desk

✓ Learning Lab

✓ Second floor public areas

✓ Second floor offices

✓ Writing Center

✓ Third floor offices and hallways

✓ Basement study areas

Winter 2023 - 2024 (Complete)

✓ Second floor stacks

✓ First floor office areas (CDLS)

✓ Special Collections & Archives

Summer 2024 (final phase)

• Basement stacks

Schaffer Library will have new flooring installed over the next year. Work will be performed during breaks between terms: summer 2023, winter 2023-4, and summer 2024. No work will be performed during terms.

Please see our Floor Directory & Maps page for more information about collections within these areas.

How can I access library materials?

We are here to help! We recognize that visitors to the library may experience inconveniences and access limitations throughout the various phases of this project. The services below will help you get the materials you need with minimal disruption.

Note: Building hours during summer and winter breaks are Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.

  • Print and physical resources

    Members of the Union College community can find materials in Primo (the library’s search platform) and are encouraged to place them on hold for pickup. After performing your search, log in, then look for the Get It option. Use the “hold at Circulation Desk” button to request the item and have it ready for you on our self-service hold shelf.

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    A screenshot of the “Get It” area on a record in Primo and the “hold at Circulation Desk” button

  • Library Service Desk

    Library staff will be in the building and available to assist you in locating items as you perform your research.

  • Computer access

    A small number of public computers will be available throughout the building.

  • Printing

    Printing will continue to be available in the Learning Commons on the first floor.

  • Equipment

    Loaner laptops and iPads will be available to the Union College community for short-term loan. A limited number of device chargers will also be available. All equipment is located at the Service Desk.

  • Interlibrary Loan

    There will be no disruption to the Interlibrary Loan service. To place a request, see our Interlibrary Loan page.

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources

    Many of our materials are available from off-campus; please see our Connecting from Off-Campus page for more information.

What should I expect when I arrive at the library?

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Noise as furniture is moved, carpeting is installed, and installers communicate.
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Dust as older carpeting is being removed.
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Limited Access

Limited access to areas of the building as installation proceeds, including reduction in elevator access and access to some areas restricted.