Study Zone Renovation 2017


News & updates about the exciting second-floor renovation project Health Sciences Library is conducting in 2017.

A new study area in the library is coming soon and opens later this year. With over 35,000 journal volumes safely moved to PASCAL storage, remodeling begins on second floor this summer. A new Study Zone moves from design planning to reality.

LINKS – photos & blog posts relating to the project:

Photo Album on Facebook

Construction starts June 1st and will last for about four months. The library is remodeling five thousand square feet of material stacks into to a vibrant and amenity-rich study area. Seating capacity in the area will increase by over a hundred. Twenty-four new study rooms, ten individual study pods, restaurant-style booths and a variety comfy soft seating will fill the area along with a kitchenette, window friendly soft-chair study spots, and an energy pod room for power naps. Dynamic colors, brilliant natural light, cool glass and wellness features inform the design of a space conducive to focused work and study. Success will have no limits in this new space. The library is naming the new space the Study Zone.

Architectural vision & drawing of future space

Access to the HSL Study Zone will be ID-badge controlled. The study area is geared towards the Anschutz student community and will be accessible to CU Anschutz users with proper student/staff/faculty campus badge–same badges providing you 24/7 access to HSL. More is better and the Study Zone will bring comfort, class and more rooms for an enhanced quiet study atmosphere on the north end of the library’s second floor.

The Study Zone anticipates opening sometime in October 2017, the same month of the library’s tenth anniversary on the Anschutz campus. There will be cake and a celebration event for sure as part of the grand opening and Health Sciences Library’s tenth anniversary.

Floor Plan — seating for 115, 24 study rooms, kitchen, nap pod room, bay windows, 10 study pods, etc.

Check this page for more information and updates as the renovation project proceeds. The library will periodically put out information displays in the lobby to inform users; flyers and posters will be used in the library as well as streaming content and news on Facebook to promote the new space and its features. Campus email will be used to keep you informed, ask for comments, and invite you to events.

We look forward to eventually inviting the academic community into this eclectic area when it opens in October. One of our hopes for this project is that the right-sized study rooms in the Study Zone will attract single and pairs of students so larger study rooms in the rest of the library can more effectively serve larger groups. We have received feedback from the student community indicating a desire that the Study Zone be a quiet area.


We hope this new area design is a fabulous prelude of options to come. A time of new ideas, some experiment, and new amenities of user comfort to serve diverse space needs conducive to different types of work and study. Only through diversity will the future place and spaces of Health Sciences Library continue to best serve academic success.

We have many people, stakeholders, and partners to thank. Over the coming months this renovation blog will introduce and cite some of the many great people and minds that brought this little 5000 sf project of  ‘stacks to study’ into brilliant focus.

More is better when it comes to study, and more is on the way soon from inside the Study Zone at Health Sciences Library.

June 16, 2017. View from the north end looking south, 2nd floor area construction demolition completed



Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. Thanks and stay tuned.