GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Because of the $22+ million expansion project now underway at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, plans are being finalized to relocate the law school legal information center to the site of a former grocery store in Butler Plaza on Archer Road.
Law school officials expect relocation of the library to be complete by next April. It is expected to be reopened on campus in spring 2005, as the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center and at 100,000 square feet will be the largest academic law library in the Southeast.
“We plan to have about 300,000 books available at the Archer Road location, with seating for at least 150,” said Kathie Price, Associate Law Dean for Library & Technology. “And because of the many regular University students housed in that area, we anticipate some non-law students will use our facilities to study in light of UF Library West being closed two years for renovations.”
Price said that Clark Butler, shopping center developer, offered a square-foot bid for the site of a former Publix “that will allow us to rent air-conditioned space for dollars less than what we were quoted on non-conditioned warehouse space. And the ample free parking, proximity to the law school and availability of regular bus service to the site also were factors.”
Price, formerly the Law Librarian at the Library of Congress who took over LIC leadership in July after serving as director of New York University Law Library since 1994, said the relocation will involve moving more than 600,000 of the more than 609,000 volumes and volume equivalents in the UF law library. Moving of the books is expected to begin by March, she said, and those not relocated to the Butler Plaza site will be housed in the law school’s Bruton-Geer Hall as a reserve collection.
Associate Law Dean for Administrative Affairs Patrick Shannon, who is coordinating the school’s facilities expansion program, said construction which began this summer is “on schedule for the LIC expansion, Holland Hall Law Center renovation and new three-level buildings to house classrooms.”
“The expanded legal information center will be named after one of our most outstanding alums, the late Governor and U.S. Senator Chiles, and will include dedicated space for the Stephen C. O’Connell Supreme Court Reading Room in honor of another UF law alum, former University president and state Supreme Court justice,” Shannon said. “Additional stack capacity, open reserve area, consolidation of the media / paper / microfilm collections, intimate computer training lab, a bar of eight multi-media workstations and 13 student group conference rooms also will be featured in the enlarged library.”
Responsible for architectural and design elements of the facilities expansion are Ponikvar & Associates of Gainesville, with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates of Boston assisting.
Additional information: LIC Director/Associate Dean Kathie Price, 352.392.0417
LIC Associate Director Rick Donnelly, 352.392.0417
Associate Dean Patrick Shannon, 352.392.9238
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