The Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) envisions the Queen’s Library and Archives of the present and the future.

Approved by Queen’s Board of Trustees in December 2013 following an extensive process of consultation and iterative design, the plan remains active, guiding the ongoing evolution of the Library and Archives facilities and services, and informing ongoing planning and priorities for investments.

LAMP was developed through a broad consultative process, in alignment with the university’s Campus Master Plan. A steering group worked with the lead planning partner CS&P Architects to develop a clear understanding of space needs and opportunities in both the Library and the Archives. LAMP was intended to serve as the foundational framework guiding the evolution of the Library and Archives facilities and services twenty years into the future, and providing recommendations for high-level plans for changes that should be implemented within five years, with sufficient capital investment.

LAMP Development

2013 LAMP Report

2014 Transition and Implementation

LAMP Projects


  • LAMP sub-projects presented to the Campus Planning Advisory Committee and Implementation Advisory Committee, and terms of reference established
  • Collection classification begins to sort the journal collection
  • Library project manager hired to manage LAMP projects
  • Project charters and teams established for the Law Library, Queen’s University Library Collections, and Service Point Development
  • Project charters and teams established for Stauffer Terrace, Library Square and the Music Collection
  • First floor of Lederman Law Library turned over to Faculty of Law and renovations of law library begin with relocation of journals requiring local storage to Stauffer Library, and journals requiring off-site storage to interim onsite storage.


  • Significant renovations to Douglas Library including relocation of the music collection to Stauffer Library, creation of the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection Reading Room in the W. D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections and addition of new study tables, carrels and lounge seating.
  • Construction of a Library Information Network at Queen’s (LINQ) space on the ground floor of Watson Hall, providing a lounge with study tables and carrels and a bookable group study room.
  • Renovations to the Law Library completed including a redesign of the entrance and information service desk and improved access to reserve collections. Footprint of the staff area reduced to create two large group study rooms, two small study rooms, one adaptive technology room, a barrier-free unisex washroom, and new study tables and carrels.


  • A portion of the lower level of Bracken Library turned over to the Faculty of Health Sciences and collections spaces reconfigured to create new study spaces including booths, carrels, study tables.
  • The creation of three group study rooms in the space vacated by the Teacher Resource Centre (TRC) in the Education Library. In addition to these three rooms, an indigenous themed adaptive technology study room was also created on the main floor of the library in the atrium area and additional user seating was created on the second and third floors.
  • Renovations to Stauffer Library including opening the terrace, which created an attractive event and study space with barrier free access, adding new study rooms added to second floor, and relocating the music library to complement the art collection


  • Opening of the Helen Howard Graduate Students Reading Room which provides graduate students with two group study rooms, lounge seating, collaborative study tables, carrels and a large meeting room suitable for small teaching sessions.


  • Significant renovations to lower level of Stauffer Library to repurpose space vacated by IT Services and create new staff offices and collaborative spaces as well as an Indigenous themed staff and student learning space that can accommodate over 100 users.
  • Renovations to Bracken Library, which relocated staff areas to capture space for six new technology-rich smaller study rooms and adaptive technology within steps of the new entrance to the library.


  • Continued Bracken Library reconfiguration, creating more user seating on the ground floor in the area where are portion of the desk was removed.
  • Planned renovation of the Education Library, including the reimagining of the entry area to the Education Library which will provide views and access to the study street.
  • Planned renovations of the main floor of Stauffer Library to redevelop the information service point and associated staff work spaces.

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