Bartle 3rd Floor collections to move temporarily off-campus for renovation

Exterior view of Bartle Library 3rd and 4th floors
Photo by Jonathan Cohen

As part of the Bartle Library 3rd Floor renovation project, the Libraries are currently moving items from Bartle and Science Libraries to our Annex in Conklin (see February 2021 Update).  The next phase of moving the 3rd Floor book collection – the remaining approximate 430,000 items – is scheduled to begin April 1. 

Prior to COVID-19, the plan was to relocate the remaining 3rd Floor items directly to the Science Library well in advance of the renovation. Due to the COVID-19 delay, the Science Library project is just now resuming and scheduled to be completed by January 2022. 

Since the 3rd Floor must be empty by July, we need to move the remaining 3rd Floor collection temporarily to an offsite location in Johnson City (former Gannett building) where they will not be accessible. We anticipate that the books will start to return to the Science Library in October 2021 and will be completed in January 2022.

We understand that this situation is not ideal and will be disruptive; however, due to scheduling and budget, this is our only option. Faculty and students can request books they need during this time through our interlibrary loan (ILL) service.  Through our strong ILL network, we are often able to make material available within one week (and if available from another SUNY, it may be within 2-3 days).

We strongly encourage faculty and students on campus this spring to check out any books by March 31 that you may need for teaching, coursework and research during the rest of the spring semester as well as for the Summer and Fall 2021. Some of the books may already be flagged to move to the Annex; but you may check these books out as well. 

Faculty can submit early requests for Fall 2021 Course Reserves or ask that 3rd floor books be placed on hold for fall if not certain yet about which books will be assigned in your course. Contact Course Reserves at if you have any questions. 

Information about 3rd Floor Collection:

Bartle Library Floor Plan

Collection Locations by Call Number


We will provide ongoing updates throughout the project. For more information about Library renovation projects, visit Library Renovation.  Visit the Library Renovation Updates blog for the latest information.

If you have any questions about the renovation and its impact on the Bartle and Science Libraries, contact Jill Dixon, Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collections, at There is also an anonymous feedback form on the Library Renovation website.