Re-imagining Project for Inside of USD's Copley Library

The University of San Diego is working on reimagining its Copley Library from the inside. Pending final project design approval, which is currently being reviewed by the City of San Diego, and getting a permit to start construction as early as this summer, things look to be on track.

Renderings Copley Library Reimagining

“The Copley Library renovation is a significant redesign of the interior of the University of San Diego's existing Library building,” says Erin Borzage, a senior project manager in USD’s Office of Facilities Management. “The project maintains the campus’ Spanish Renaissance exterior while creating a welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff on the re-imagined interior.”

The plans, as spelled out by Borzage, expect to bring a fresh, exciting new look and be of help to all members of the campus community, particularly students, when completed. Tentatively, the project, which is ahead of schedule right now, is expected to be finished in mid-2020.

“Through the existing entrance off Colachis Plaza, visitors will enter into a welcoming portal designed to open into traditional reading rooms, scholar and faculty reading rooms, and flexible classrooms. It incorporates 17 group study areas as well as library staff offices.

“On the lower level, a new entrance will be created which exits into a new garden between Copley Library and the new Learning Commons. Entering into the lower level of Copley will lead to the many services provided by the library, as well as a more relaxed study environment.”

Borzage said that a major emphasis has been placed on giving the lower level “a light and open feeling.” An additional flexible classroom space will be available downstairs, as well as several additional group study areas. The transition into the Camino stacks includes a reading area to enjoy volumes from the collection.

The USD Planning, Design and Construction team has led the design coordination with the Copley Stakeholder Advisory Group and Pfeiffer Partners to meet major milestone dates over the last year. As a successful result of that process, this explains why the project is currently ahead of schedule and why there are plans to start construction over this summer.


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