Ceiling Project in the Library 2009 – 2010

Todd Vandenbark

Under the auspices of fire safety, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library has been selected by the Asbestos Protocol program at the University of Utah for removal of asbestos containing materials. The ceiling tiles on all three levels of the library are slated for removal later this Fall 2009. In addition to the removal and replacement of the ceiling and updating the fire sprinkler system, upgrades to the electrical, lighting and networking systems will also be performed.

The six to eight month project will be expedited in phases and will require the library building be closed to the public for most of the project. Library services and staff will continue to be available. Library staff will re-locate to space within the Health Sciences Center such as the Health Sciences Education Building and the School of Medicine. Phone, online and virtual services will continue uninterrupted. The physical collections of journals, books and documents will be available through a delivery service. Library staff will retrieve journals and books for users.


  • September 28, 2009:
    Begin moving library shelving and furniture. Extra shelving set up on lower level. Please pardon the noise.
  • October 8, 2009:
    Lower level closed to public access. Begin moving main level collections to lower level.
  • November 7, 2009:
    Lower level, north end abatement and construction.
  • January 10, 2009 (estimated):
    Library closed.
  • July 1, 2010:
    Library re-opens.