LAMP Update: Law Library Project

Post Date:
Feb 9, 2015

The Lederman Law Library is noted in LAMP as “an essential laboratory for legal research and a valued place for study, providing the critical staff and collection resources to support its curriculum and scholarly research.” LAMP recommended that this library be renovated to improve its top two floors and to make the lower level available to the Faculty of Law. When the Faculty expressed keen interest in this opportunity, the Library made the project a top priority for LAMP implementation.

Concept drawings have been prepared and are available for view:

The goal of this renovation, to take place this summer, is to improve study and service spaces for students, and to care for print collections. High-use or core print-only journals will remain in the law library and will move to the main floor. Other journals, now available online, will move to the library’s existing storage space in the basement of Stauffer Library. Extremely low-use print journals are destined for remote storage.

Highlights of the renovation project include:

  • Main floor: new open study space, study rooms, adaptive technology space and a new washroom.
  • Lower level: individual study space and additional meeting rooms for law students.
  • Air conditioning and enhanced ventilation to accommodate increased capacity.
  • Larger and improved space for graduate students.
  • Improved lighting and light flow.
  • Improved accessibility.

The project will also include a new bannister for the third floor of the Lederman Law Library, which was the graduating gift of the class of Law’14.

Law library staff will begin moving many of the journals destined for storage during reading week, Tuesday, Feb. 17-Friday, Feb. 20. The law library aims to have all of the material relocated from the first floor by the end of April 2015 so that construction can occur over the summer.

The main and upper floor of the Lederman Law Library should remain quiet during the move for students who want to study in the facility over reading week. All other campus libraries also remain open during reading week. If students can’t find material they require while materials are being moved, Lederman Law Library staff would be happy to provide assistance.

A story on the project appears in today’s Gazette.

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