Third floor renovations
Third floor renovations

Students, take note. A large, bright and airy study space just opened in Ekstrom Library, just in time for end of the semester cramming.

Third floor renovations are now complete following months of construction. Visitors will find modern study spaces, a large wall of windows, a reading room and a dedicated graduate student area. The entire floor will remain a quiet spot for study.

While most of the project is complete, workers are still putting the final touches on some areas. Furniture delivery will continue throughout the year and into the spring semester.

The goal of the project was to provide upgraded study space throughout the year and particularly during peak periods.

To make way for the renovation, some of Ekstrom’s collection housed on the third floor was relocated or removed. Many books are now on the fourth floor, and some are in high-density storage, or the Robotic Retrieval System (RRS). Patrons who are unable to find books or other materials in the library’s collection may use our Inter Library Loan system.

The third-floor renovation was the next step in the recent transformation of Ekstrom Library into an academic success center for all Belknap campus students. The 1st floor was renovated in 2016 with many student success programs clustered together, including REACH, the Digital Media Suite, Research and Technology Support, Writing Center and help desk. Group and individual learning spaces were added and improved there as well.

All renovations were inspired by student feedback

The Libraries will continue to raise funds to complete a proposed Jewish Studies Reading Room in space formerly occupied by the Writing Center. Libraries Development Director Matt Wyatt is working with the UofL Jewish Studies program and the Jewish Community of Louisville to fund an inspiring venue for local and national lectures, presentations and other events.

Libraries is also in the process of creating a gender-neutral/family changing station bathroom on the second floor of the west side.

Third Floor Renovations
Third Floor Renovations
Niki King
Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.