A Peek Behind the Fences: Inside Alderman Library’s Renovations
Major renovation of the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library will continue throughout 2021 and 2022. Preparation got underway last January, and not long after the coronavirus pandemic closed the Grounds in March, the project began in earnest. The new and old stacks were demolished over the summer.
Hard-hatted workers have stripped the building down to its bones, reinforcing parts of the structure as they bring it up to modern codes and standards.
A more user-friendly and energy-efficient library is expected to reopen in 2023. Get more information here.
Here’s what the library looked like in early December as the fall semester drew to a close. UVA photographer Sanjay Suchak captured some of the painstaking efforts as workers slowly transform the mid-20th-century structure into a library equipped for the 21st century.