The Kalamazoo College Library Renovation and Expansion Project has provided a state-of-the-art facility for students, staff and faculty. The new addition increased the total building space by 37,450 square feet, a 72% increase. Much of this added space is be used for books, library users, and offices. The addition allows growth in the collection from the current 300,000 volumes to about 500,000. Excavation began on the west addition in March 2004. Renovation was completed in the fall of 2005 and the building opened to the public in January 2006. The final cost of the project was $17.8 million, coming in well below the estimated $19.5 million.

Recent Submissions

  • Upjohn Library Commons Sustainability Initiatives 

    Lightcap, Kathryn (2006)
    Flyer outlining the sustainability initiatives put into place during the construction of the Upjohn Library Commons.
  • Re-Placing the Library 

    Parker, Jo Ellen (2006-04-22)
    This is the keynote address for the Upjohn Library Commons dedication program given on April 22, 2006 by Jo Ellen Parker, Executive Director of the National Institute for Technology in the Liberal Arts (NITLE).
  • Announcement of Anita's Name 

    Strauss, Dhera A., 1950- (2007-12-20)
    Anita Newlibrary, the renovation and expansion project mascot, and Kalamazoo College Information Services staff announce Anita Newlibrary's name. Includes (top row): Liz Smith, Peter Zillmann, Scott Ryder, Jeff Dancer, ...
  • Anita in Box 

    Strauss, Dhera A., 1950- (2007-12-20)
    Anita Newlibrary, the renovation and expansion project mascot, helps pack Reference books in the Reference area of the old Upjohn Library.
  • Anita Helps with Demolition 

    Strauss, Dhera A., 1950- (2007-12-20)
    Anita Newlibrary, the renovation and expansion project mascot, helps take down houses on the corner of Academy Street and Bulkley Street behind the Kalamazoo College Upjohn Library.