The University is renovating an area behind the Starbucks concession at the Richter Library to create a multifunctional space that will serve two important purposes. First, the new space will provide an attractive and accessible home for Special Collections and University Archives, which have outgrown their current home on the eighth floor of Richter. Second, the space will support intellectual and creative public programs planned by the Libraries, Center for the Humanities, as well as faculty-initiated programming at all the schools and colleges on the Coral Gables campus.
The Kislak Center will serve as a reading room for Special Collections and University Archives during the day and an event space for lectures, symposia, and performances during the evenings and weekends. An ancillary gallery, classroom, and curatorial spaces will be located on the adjacent mezzanine level.
Construction on phase one is underway. The new reading room for Special Collections and University Archives will open in January 2018 and construction on this first phase is underway. The mezzanine level is phase two of the project, and and its completion is anticipated in late 2018.