Designing a Better Library for U: Renovation & Renewal at Richter

Building stronger connections with students, faculty, and our neighboring communities is essential to our ongoing mission at the University of Miami Libraries. Over the course of the past year, fostering new and deepened partnerships aimed at improving library spaces and programs has paved the way toward new and exciting projects. This page will serve to keep our community updated on the progress of two ongoing renovations on the first floor of the Otto G. Richter Library: the Kislak Center at the University of Miami and the UM Libraries Learning Commons.

Please keep in mind that there will be periods of intermittent noise and minor disruptions to the library environment as these projects continue to move forward. Look to this page for any updates or alerts during which these potential inconveniences are slated so that you may plan ahead and be prepared. Simply use the tabs at the bottom arranged by space to sort through and view the archive.

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Learning Commons

The Learning Commons Consultation Zone is a major renovation on Richter Library’s first floor that will offer students the convenience of one central location for academic support on the Coral Gables campus. Designed to be an inviting and resource-rich environment for intellectual engagement, the Consultation Zone will provide open one-on-one and group settings for appointments with faculty, staff and student experts from the Writing Center, Math Lab, Camner Center for Academic Resources, and UM Libraries.

Kislak Center at the University of Miami

Slated to open in early 2018, construction of the Kislak Center at the University of Miami is also underway at Richter. Its establishment is occasioned by the donation of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Early Americas, Exploration and Navigation to the Libraries. With a grand reading room, lecture hall, and galleries, the state-of-the-art center will spark a mutually sustained dynamic between University programs and the communities of South Florida.


Kislak Center Updates

Learning Commons Updates

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Contact Us

For questions related to facilities and construction, please contact Cheryl Gowing at

If you’d like to learn about funding opportunities, please contact Caitlin Webber at