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Library Renovation Project

The Library Renovation Project has been going on for several years and is the result of many comprehensive surveys of students and faculty conducted by the Library. Students expressed, among other things,  their needs for more group study rooms, more comfortable furniture and a coffee shop in the library. There has also been a trend in academic libraries to create Information Commons. The present library opened in 1977 and was last renovated in 1988. The renovation of the main floor was donor funded project. Phase one was completed in 2014 and the second phase completed in 2015.


Transforming the Library to an Academic Commons.

  • Meet the needs of our student's new learning styles and the changing student/faculty modes of learning/teaching
  • Integrate technology into the learning experiences of our students and instructional efforts of the faculty
  • Implement enhanced one-stop academic services
  • Make Canisius more competitive - on par with trends in higher education
  • Enhance student recruitment efforts
  • Reduce student attrition


The planning process included a Library Planning Committee of Fifty that included a broad representation of stakeholders in an effort to secure wide based input. The planning process stressed the importance of student participation on the Committee and involvement of the Undergraduate Student Association along with the consultation of the Faculty Senate and partication in general faculty forums. Earlier renovations and the recycling of materials were incorporated into the process.