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Mudd Library Closed Until September 2017

As part of a series of construction projects on north campus, the Seeley G. Mudd Library building will close for renovation March 25 and will remain closed until September 2017. See below for project updates.

Update - March 11, 2016

  • The Library Instruction Rooms B234 and B238 in the basement of University Library will be opened as public labs during evenings and weekends beginning March 28, adding an additional 43 public computers for student use.
  • Also beginning with spring quarter, the large format printer in Mudd will be moved to room MG45 in Tech, adjacent to the Engineering Lab and the Tech PC Classroom.

Update - Feb. 29, 2016

Most of the circulating books formerly in Mudd can now be found in 4 South at University Library.

The majority of the 100,000 science journals and reference materials on the first floor of Mudd have been moved to the Oak Grove Library Center and can be requested online and at any library circulation desk.

The most important science reference works will soon be housed in the Periodicals room of University Library. These will be moved back to Mudd when the library reopens.

About 25,000 volumes in Mudd -- mostly science monographs -- will remain on-site during construction in a climate-controlled storage unit. These items may be requested through NUsearch.

The last day to pick up Interlibrary Loan materials at Mudd is March 17. After that, please visit University Library, or query your librarian about delivery.

Update - February 1, 2016

Note that March 25 falls after finals week of winter quarter as well as the intersession period. All students and faculty on north campus will continue to have full access to all services, study spaces, rental lockers and library collections currently housed in Mudd until then. 

Here are the changes that students and faculty can expect on March 25:

  • Finding my librarian: All library services and research assistance will be moved to University and Deering libraries until the project concludes. Some subject specialists may be available elsewhere on campus for meetings and consultations. Contact your personal librarian ( for specifics.
  • Getting a book: All Mudd Library collections (including Interlibrary loan and course reserves) will be available through University Library and can be picked up at the University Library circulation desk. Use NUsearch to determine an item's location and to make requests. See the Item Request page for more information.
  • Finding study space: A number of classrooms will be available in the Technological Institute to serve as study space. Follow Northwestern Libraries on Facebook or check back here ( for an updated list. 
  • Using a computer: Additional computers will be made available at University Library for users of Mudd’s computers and licensed software.
  • Returning a book: Northwestern Libraries will install a book drop on north campus at a location still to be determined. Follow Northwestern Libraries on Facebook or check back here ( for updates. 

During the renovation, Mudd Library will be reconfigured to occupy a single floor. The three floors of the building where it resides will expand their footprint by 75%, while two upper floors will be added to the structure, making room for state-of-the-art scientific research laboratories. The library will remain connected to the Technological Institute via the existing bridge, and a new ground-floor entrance will be added on the north side.

When reopened, Mudd will provide the ample space for study and collaboration that students enjoy in the current library. It will offer all the same services, such as interlibrary loan pickups, research consultations and book requests. In addition, designers are planning new spaces and services for the space, from a GIS mapping software lab, a maker space for creative projects and a "one-button studio" for simple video recording.

“We know this extended closure is an inconvenience to our students, faculty and staff who make regular use of Mudd Library,” said Dean of Libraries Sarah Pritchard. “In the end, though, this will be a major improvement for the library and how it serves north campus. We’re confident that when our users see the beautiful finished facility, and see how we are making their service the central tenet of the redesign, they will agree that the inconvenience was worth it.”

Mudd Library is a popular destination on north campus. Students and faculty make more than 100,000 visits each quarter, whether for research or for serious study time. The newly renovated library will remain a conveniently located and essential destination for north campus students when it reopens.

Study Space on North Campus

The following rooms in the Technological Institute will be available as study space during the Mudd Library renovation. Swipe the bar code of a valid WildCARD to enter all rooms.

Available after 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, and at other times only when a scheduled class or event is not in progress:

  • M120
  • LG62

Available after 10 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends, and at other times only when a scheduled class or event is not in progress:

  • M128
  • MG28
  • LG52
  • LG66
  • LG68
  • LG72
  • LG76