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The new Weldon Learning Commons under construction

It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of Western’s fall 2021 term – and we want to thank you for all of your patience as parts of Weldon reopened amid construction. We know it hasn’t been easy to study with drilling and hammering noise.

While the Weldon Revitalization is ongoing, here are updates on what you can expect when back on campus after the winter holiday break:

  • The two-storey Learning Commons that spans Weldon’s first and mezzanine floors is on track to open in January. This will be the first area you see when you enter the library. Goodbye drywall, hello wide open spaces!
  • While parts of the Learning Commons are still being built (like the new Family Room), you can expect lots more study space available – group and individual spots.
  • New study space means new furniture. We expect delivery soon of all the pieces selected based on your feedback, and these will be ready for you try out in January.
  • The globe lighting and huge spiral staircase are all in place, which will brighten and connect the main floor and mezzanine study areas.

As you may know, due to the pandemic, supply chain and labour shortages are impacting all elements of our world, and the Weldon Revitalization is no different.

When the Learning Commons opens for use in January, there will still be work going on to install technology, finalize our new service areas, add finishing touches to the Community Room, and more.

We appreciate your understanding as the Weldon Revitalization continues into 2022.

Have questions about the Weldon Revitalization? Please email Jennifer Robinson, Deputy Chief Librarian.

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