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Renovation work in the library is progressing

Library services continue during the work, which are due to be completed by autumn 2023


The first floor of Building 52 has been closed since October 2022 for the renovation of the library. The aim of this work is twofold. First, the carbon footprint of the library will be substantially reduced thanks to the installation of state-of-the-art cooling and ventilation systems as well as modern LED lights, the replacement of all windows and the renovation of the roof. In parallel, the comfort of library users will improve significantly thanks to the new optimised layout of the reading room, which will be fitted out with modern, high-quality furniture. For the moment, one needs to use their imagination when looking at an empty reading room (see below).

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Library reading area as of January 2023 (Image: CERN)
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Future reading area, designed by Bisset Adams 

While the main library premises are closed, you can still use the library services – we continue to serve you as before.

The book collection remains available, and librarians are available to answer your questions from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. A selection of 1800 essential textbooks and monographs is available in a small temporary library installed in the former office room in 3/1-015 and open 24/7. More than 55 000 books are available on demand via our online catalogue, where you can choose to either pick them up in room 3/1-015 or have them delivered via internal mail directly to your office. Books can also be requested for delivery at the library desk. If you cannot find what you need in our catalogue, you can order documents (books, article copies, etc.) online or email us, and we will be happy to get hold of them.

The bookshop is fully operational, too! It has been moved to the office room in 3/1-011 next to the temporary library and is open during the library desk opening hours (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.).

We look forward to opening your new library in autumn 2023 in modernised premises. In the meantime, your comments and feedback are welcome, as usual. Send them to library.desk@cern.ch.