We’re very pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 22, Concordia’s Board of Governors approved the Webster Library Transformation project.

This project will address a longstanding need for more student study space in response to the almost tripling of our student population since the library first opened in 1992. Study seats will increase by 114% and the quality and variety of spaces will improve.

Construction will begin in January 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2017. Project funding will be provided by the Gouvernement du Québec’s Plan quinquennal d’investissements universitaires et cadre de référence.

A few highlights of the project include a zero-noise room for individual study, collaborative technology in group study rooms, sound-insulated presentation practice rooms, a seminar and thesis defense room and study space reserved for graduate students. Overall, the library will include more natural light, wide-open spaces and modern design.

To carry out the work, we retained the award-winning firm, Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes. They have executed projects that include the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Schulich School of Music and the Fjord Museum.

We will keep the Concordia community informed with regular updates, news and notices of potential disruptions on the library’s website. In addition, we will publish bi-weekly posts on this Webster Library Transformation blog.

Please join us to help select furniture for the new study spaces. We are holding furniture consultations on LB3 in the Webster Library from October 27 to November 7. Come try out new furniture and tell us what you think.

For any feedback, suggestions or questions about the Webster Library Transformation project please get in touch with us by using the lib-transformation@concordia.ca e-mail address.