Project Gallery

Take a closer look at the bold renovation projects that are transforming Geisel Library. Expand the sections below to read more about and view images and renderings of active and completed projects.

Active Construction Projects

Geisel 8th Floor Renovation

The renovation of Geisel Library’s top (8th) floor marks the second phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative. The design for this floor is intended to create a space for individual student study, with the ability to host special functions—including, Dinner in the Library—and other select engagements such as author talks and donor events. With a contemporary take on modern, and exposed concrete themes, the finishes and furniture will evoke a sense of ‘clean and contemporary coastal environment’ while blending with the iconic architecture of Geisel Library. Construction of the space began in fall 2017 with a projected completion in fall 2018.

Tower Restrooms Renovation

The restrooms on Geisel Library’s floors 4 – 8 are receiving a much needed upgrade. In addition to renovating and enlarging the existing facilities, new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms will be added to each floor. Construction of the restrooms began in fall 2017 with a projected completion in spring 2018.

Completed Projects

Audrey’s Café

Thanks to a generous $3 million gift from longtime UC San Diego Library supporter, Audrey Geisel, the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative began in December 2015 with construction of Audrey’s Café (named for its benefactor and wife of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka, Dr. Seuss). The café opened on May 3, 2016 with a Seuss-inspired ribbon cutting event with Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, former University Librarian Brian Schottlaender, and other campus leaders. Located on the 2nd (main) floor of Geisel—the Library’s most active floor that is home to the 24/5 East Commons—the café and lounge are utilized by students and the campus community daily.