Installation of a new sprinkler system in RBD Library is ongoing. During installation some portions of the collection will not be user accessible. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk if materials you need are in construction areas. .
Auburn University is building a new, state-of-the-art classroom building between the library and Mell Street.
The new building and RBD will be connected on the 3rd and 4th floors. That means construction outside and (eventually) inside the library, BUT WE WILL STAY OPEN! Work at the site began in December 2015.
When will the Mell Classroom Building project be complete?
The university’s goal is to have the project completed before the start of the fall 2017 semester.
Is the library open as many hours as it has been?
Absolutely. The library is still open 134 hours a week: from 1 p.m. on Sunday until 6 p.m. on Friday and then Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Hours will be further extended during finals.
Can I still get all the services I’ve been getting at the library?
The only thing that has changed at the library is that there is now only one public entrance: the parking deck entrance on the south side of the building facing Comer Hall. All the study, research, OIT computer repair, writing and tutoring help you’ve gotten in the library in the past is still here. Also, don’t forget a cup of coffee at Caribou Coffee and study supplies and snacks at the AU Bookstore Study ER. Everything is open and ready to help.
I’ve always come to RBD Library through the Mell Street entrance. How do I find the parking deck entrance?
As you approach RBD Library, just look for the signs. Signs are all around the library to direct you to the entrance. Maps are also available on our Mell Classroom Building information site.
Is the Mell Classroom Building right in front of RBD Library?
Yes, but it will also become part of the RBD Library as it connects on three of the five floors of the library. Library personnel will staff the front entrance of the Mell Classroom Building and it will become the new front entrance of RBD Library.
How big is it going to be and how many classrooms will be in the Mell Classroom Building?
The project will include 69,000 square feet in the new Mell Classroom Building and repurposing and renovating another 38,000 square feet inside the library. (107,000 total square feet.) It will include 29 active learning classrooms, two lecture halls, and food venues.
What will the classrooms be like?
The classrooms will vary in size from 24-seat flexible classrooms to 160-seat lecture halls. Most of them will incorporate concepts being tested around the campus in the EASL classrooms. They will feature flexible seating, glass boards, and enhanced technology.
Why is this being built now?
To meet its strategic objectives to “Enhance Student Success” Auburn University has committed to building two state-of-the-art classroom facilities. After careful study of the benefits of linking one of these facilities to the services and resources of the library, it became clear the benefits to the students and faculty made the Mell Plaza the logical choice because it takes advantage of the excellent location of the library and the integrated study support that the library can offer.
What are the classrooms in the Mell Classroom Building going to be used for? Are they only for a certain major?
The classrooms in the Mell Classroom Building will not be assigned to any college or program. When scheduling the rooms the registrar will consider the link between the class and the library and the potential use and benefit of the enhanced learning aspects of the classroom. The Office of the Provost will control the use of the classrooms in both of the new buildings. It is anticipated that they will be used by many schools throughout the university. After class hours (evenings and weekends) the classrooms will be used by the library to supplement study spaces.
Will all of Mell Street be closed until August 2017?
At this time, Mell Street in front of the library is scheduled to be closed until at least the completion of construction. A large construction crane will occupy the middle of the street at the front of the project for the duration of construction.
With the closing of the Mell Street entrance to RBD, why have the College Street doors not been opened to allow entering and exiting there?
This idea was carefully considered and finally rejected. Safety concerns were the primary consideration. If library patrons started using the College Street access as a drop-off point, there is no place for a vehicle to pull in for a drop off, and blocking College Street with a stopped vehicle would surely lead to accidents. It was also felt that opening that entrance might further tempt people to cross College Street directly at the entrance rather than moving to crosswalks at either end of the block. Crossing College Street in the middle of the blocks has resulted in some car/pedestrian accidents over the years.