Cutaway view of renovated Alderman shows vision for future Library

The renovated space includes flexible areas for individual and group study and research throughout the building, as well as new elevators, bathrooms, and stairwells, and all-new mechanical infrastructure.

Cutaway view of inside of renovated Alderman, basement to 5th floor

Section perspective from west, looking east towards the Rotunda. HBRA Architects with Clark Nexsen, October 22, 2018. View PDF of this document.


The basement level contains mechanical rooms and building storage, as well as compact shelving for collections processing. It also contains compact shelving for collections belonging to Rare Book School.

First Floor

The first floor contains the receiving area and sorting area, as well as other staff space, including a staff-only connector to Clemons Library. It also contains compact shelving for general collections, the Library’s Tibetan collection, and a variety of flexible study spaces.

Second Floor

The Library’s Preservation and Conservation labs are located on the second floor, as are Rare Book School and the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. A new north entrance with exterior terrace space leads into a large study lounge with a service desk. The café will be on this level, as will the ground floor of two study courtyards under a skylight. The McGregor Room, Asian Studies Room, and Stettinius Gallery will remain here, and new exhibition space will be added outside of Rare Book School. The Stettinius Gallery will connect Alderman to Clemons with a new passageway for library users.

Third Floor

The Digital Humanities presence will be on the third level, including the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), the Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI), and the Library’s Scholars’ Lab (including their makerspace). The Taylor, Mount Vernon, and Garnett Rooms will be on this level, as will the Graduate Student Lounge. The third floor will also contain varied study and research space and compact shelving for general collections.

Fourth Floor

An expanded south entrance to Alderman will lead into Memorial Hall, complete with service desk and seating areas. The Reference Room will remain on this floor, and a large North Reading Room will be added as well. This level will contain Alderman’s primary room for instruction, as well as general collections on static shelving interspersed with flexible study space.

Fifth Floor

The fifth floor will also contain general collections on static shelving and flexible study space. Above the fifth floor, a sixth-story level clerestory will admit natural light into the building. Presidential Papers will be located on the fifth floor, as will the Office of the University Librarian.

View floor plan documents (PDF) or read more about the renovation.

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