Video: A First Look at the Renovated Copley Library

Copley Library

Since its reopening in fall of 2020, the campus community has been eager to get a glimpse of the newly renovated Copley Library. And while there are still installations and furnishings being added, we’re delighted to share a video offering a first-look.


Copley Library now features two entrances, one off of Marian Way that leads to the second floor, and a new entrance on the first floor across from the Learning Commons.

The first floor of the library has been completely redesigned to create a well-lit and inviting collaborative study space for students. Unlike the upstairs of the library, the first floor has no noise-level requirement and encourages active learning. Students are welcome to meet to work on group projects and study together. The first floor also features new bathrooms and a brand new space called Copley Lounge located off the hallway to the Camino Stacks.

The second floor of the library features a large, elegant new foyer, as well as a revamped hallway to the Mother Hill Reading Room. The hallway will feature exhibits on one side, and closed-door, reservable study spaces on the other. The second floor also features several brand new spaces, including a Journals Reading room for leisurely reading of academic journals and magazines, open view classrooms for library faculty to teach, a Faculty Reading room for USD professors, and office spaces for librarians. 

In total, the library now features seating for 1,000 people, with 25 group study rooms, three seminar rooms, three classrooms, and even 10 study spaces in the Camino Stacks.

Due to health and safety guidelines, the library is only open in a limited way at this time. Current USD students are welcome to reserve a study space on the first floor by visiting the library website.

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Daniel Telles
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