Category Archives: Library Renovation Project

Claire T. Carney Library is a 2015 Recipient of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Picture of the Carney Library at Night

Your Claire T. Carney Library is recognized by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association (ALA/LLAMA) as being an example of “excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries.” This is a coveted award in the library world and we are very pleased to have received it. We even more pleased to provide the space for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors!

UMD’s Carney library sees record use with expanded space – A nice article on the Claire T. Carney Library on SouthcoastToday.com

Read the nice article on the Claire T. Carney Library in SouthcoastToday.com:

October 21, 2013 5:00 PM

UMD’s Carney library sees record use with expanded space
by Auditi Guha, aguha@s-t.com
SouthcoastToday.com

“Sunny, colorful and spacious, the revamped Claire T. Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth has been drawing record numbers of students.

“It’s a big improvement,” said sophomore Erin Curtin, 19, at the library Monday afternoon. “I’ve been to the library a lot more since they expanded it.”

“The numbers have certainly exceeded expectations,” said Terrance Burton, Dean of Library Services, during a brief tour of the five-floor facility covering about 185,000 square feet”.

Read FULL article on SouthCoastToday.com at:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20131021%2FNEWS%2F131029979

Claire T. Carney Library Renovation & Addition Highlighted in American Libraries Magazine Library Design Showcase

American Libraries Cover - Inside Claire T. Carney Library is highlighted
Check out the September/October issue of American Libraries! The renovation and new addition to the library is highlighted in the Library Design Showcase section:
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth – Claire T. Carney Library
One of the most significant examples of postwar Brutalist architecture, Claire T. Carney Library underwent a renovation and expansion that added a bright browsing area and a cafe, and redesigned reading rooms, teaching labs, service desks, and study areas for easier navigation”.
See more of the issue … 

Join Us for A Guided Tour of the Newly Renovated Claire T. Carney Library and Its Beautiful New Addition

Catherine Fortier-Barnes Leads Library TourTake A Guided Tour
of the Newly Renovated
Claire T. Carney Library and Its Beautiful New Addition

Find a day and time that suits you and just meet us near the elevator in the lobby on the 1st Floor of the library.

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 2

  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:15 PM
  • 3:15 PM

Wednesday, April 3

  • 10 AM
  • 12:15 PM
  • 2:15 PM

Embracing the Concrete: Transforming the Claire T. Carney Library and Beyond – A Presentation, Panel Discussion, Student Photo Essay and More! April 2nd, 2013

Image of Library at dusk with Embrace the Concrete emblazoned over it.What: Embracing the Concrete: Transforming the Claire T. Carney UMass Dartmouth Library and Beyond
When: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
from 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room

 

The Event:

Moderator Anna Dempsey, Professor from the College of Visual & Performing Arts, will help to illuminate the design philosophy behind the innovative renovation and addition to the library with architects Robert Miklos and Ben Youtz from designLAB; Jonathan Austin and Jennifer McGrory from Austin Architects; Grattan Gill, a member of the original Paul Rudolph design team; and Catherine Fortier-Barnes, Assistant Dean of Library Services. A photo essay created by the College of Visual and Performing Arts students will focus on the campus’ design today and suggest possible transformations for the future. A discussion between students, architects, and audience will follow the panel.

RSVP on Facebook Event Page

UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library was conceived in 1963 as a utopian campus community by the celebrated 20th century architect Paul Rudolph and remains a unique example of late 20th century architectural exuberance and optimism. Completed in 1972, the ‘cast in place’ concrete Claire T. Carney Library is the centerpiece of the concentric campus plan. designLAB architects and Austin Architects have undertaken a three-year, $45 million renovation/addition to the 160,000 square feet library that involves the new “campus living room,” with its fifty-foot-tall windows, coffee tables, low bookcases and even two working fireplaces, while reclaiming natural light and reintroducing the original lively color palette.

Tours of the Claire T. Carney Library will be available at 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM and 3:15 PM.

RSVP and/or tell us what you think about the renovated library building on Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/629619103730685.
For more information about the “Celebration of Transformation” week and the Inauguration of UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman: www.umassd.edu/inauguration.

Sponsored by: Claire T. Carney Library, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Chancellor’s Office at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

To a more colorful library and countdown to next weeks big events!

With bright color everywhere throughout the library it “almost” feels like Spring!

Colorful_Library_Works

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next week’s big events!

A Celebration of Transformation – April 2nd, Join Chancellor Divina Grossman, Claire Carney, students, and others to celebrate the transformation of the Claire T. Carney Library”

Embracing the Concrete: Transforming the Claire T. Carney Library and Beyond

A Celebration of Transformation – April 2nd, Join Chancellor Divina Grossman, Claire Carney, students, and others to celebrate the transformation of the Claire T. Carney Library

Letter Signage on Library Building and pictures of Claire T. Carney and Chancellor GrossmanA Celebration of Transformation

Join Chancellor Divina Grossman, Claire Carney, students, faculty, staff and dignitaries as we gather to celebrate the transformation of the Claire T. Carney Library.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Claire T. Carney Library

Dedication ceremony RSVP

 

 

Schedule of Events

  • 10 a.m.Embracing the Concrete: Transforming the Claire T. Carney Library and Beyond. Library architects and CVPA students discuss Paul Rudolph’s work.
  • Noon – Law School discussion. UMass Law students and alumni discuss the future of legal education.
  • 2 p.m. – An afternoon with Barney Frank. The recently retired congressman, known for his smarts and wit, discusses issues that are transforming our nation.
  • 4 p.m.Pathways to Success. Alumni women discuss the power of education in their lives. Moderator: Dr. Juli Parker.
  • 5:30 p.m.Claire T. Carney Library dedication.
  • 6 p.m.Reception to honor Claire T. Carney.

Architectural Record Magazine Highlights the Transformation of the Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition

Architectural Record Article Image of Claire T Carney Library

Wrestling with Rudolph: Changing an important complex by a major (but difficult) architect poses both dangers and the chance to keep his work alive.

By Fred A. Bernstein
Architectural Record

February, 2013

http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/building_types_study/adaptive_reuse/2013/1302-Claire-T-Carney-Library-Renovation.asp

Highlights the difficulties and successes of the transformation of the Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition projects.

The Claire T. Carney Library Addition Arrives with a “Soft Opening” on Jan. 22nd – Join Us for Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Treats at the New Café

Claire T Carney Library & New Addition

Welcome Back – to Your New Library Space!

It’s bright, spacious, and warm, especially near the new fireplaces. Join us for the “Soft Opening” on the first day of the  spring semester, Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. We’ll be waiting for you in the new addition with hot chocolate, coffee and some treats at the new Café.

There is still work to be done, but after three years of construction, you’ve just got to come see it for yourselves. The new addition features a brand new space that serves as the new entryway for the Library. This “campus living room,” with its fifty-foot-tall windows, coffee tables, and low bookcases (and did we mention the two working fireplaces!) will make it the
campus’s best place to meet, talk, or study.

We’ll start at 7:30 a.m. and the Library Dean and Assistant Dean will be there to officially welcome you to your new library space.

** And please give thanks to the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association for wanting to make your welcome back a little more special by sponsoring the hot drinks and treats. **

Note that the more formal grand opening of the fully renovated and expanded Library will be held on Tuesday, April 2 to kick off Chancellor Grossmans Inauguration festivities. A full schedule of the events focusing on the achievements of students, alumni, staff and faculty will be released soon.

See full press release at: http://www1.umassd.edu/communications/articles/showarticles.cfm?a_key=3085

Just for fun, check out a few of these before and after pictures and try to remember it as it was when you’re in the new space!

Center of New Addition - Before & After

Remember the moldy cement seating just outside the library. Looks a little different now!

Looking North from the old library entrance - Before & After

Now if you can remember looking straight ahead when you came out of the old library entrance … well, now you’re still inside, right near the new Circulation service point.

Circulation Desks - Old & New

And, speaking of the Access Services Circulation Desk … It’s now in the new space!

Looking Towards the Library from the Charlton College of Business

It’ll be a little different walking from the Charlton College of Business towards the new library entrance.

There will be a few more of these before and after pictures along with some views of the new library renovation and addition on the library’s “Library Building Renovation and Expansion Program” page. Look for them soon.

Library to Close at 5 P.M. Today, Friday Sept. 7. Will Reopen at 9 A.M. Saturday Morning

LIBRARY TO CLOSE AT 5 P.M. TODAY, REOPEN AT 9 A.M.

The Claire T. Carney Library will close at 5 p.m. today as workers make repairs to the air conditioning system.

The library is expected to re-open on Saturday at 9 a.m.

— Notice from Public Affairs, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth —