Weldon Library Revitalization

Image of Weldon circulation desk prior to construction

DB Weldon Library Revitalization

"In fall 2021, we’ll complete the construction of a key project for Western Libraries: a new two-storey Learning Commons on the main floor and mezzanine of Weldon.

It’s a transformation that began four years ago with the adoption of our Space Master Plan, followed by a generous pledge of $15 million from the university in 2018. We’ve seen several rounds of redesigns and new space proposals since then, all based on feedback from across campus. And now, the Learning Commons is being built to reflect your needs.

This new space increases the number and kinds of study seats available, so that students can connect to critical research and learning supports.

Weldon will have a Family Room for students to study alongside their young children and we’ll introduce a community space for small events hosted by Western Libraries and our partners.

The Learning Commons also includes a reading lounge for discovering and enjoying books, and on the ground floor, compact shelving allows for growth of on-site collections.

Due to the pandemic, it’s been a long time since many of you have visited Weldon and we’ve missed you.

When you return to Western this fall, our goal is to reveal a modernized library space that respects and accentuates Weldon’s Brutalist architectural legacy. In the meantime, you’re invited to follow the journey to a revitalized Weldon. Browse this site to learn more about our plans and check out updates as construction is underway.

I hope you’re as excited as we are for what’s to come!"

- Catherine Steeves, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian

Construction Resources

Weldon reopens study spaces (WN Oct 8 2021)

Western Library Updates Page

Project Scope:
As part of the Western Libraries Space Master Plan, The D.B. Weldon Library — or Weldon as it’s affectionately known — is undergoing a revitalization of its key spaces.

Project Schedule
Construction: May 2021 – Late Fall 2021

Project Location:
Construction will be confined to Weldon. Other buildings and walkways in the vicinity may be indirectly impacted.

map of campus with a point leading to Weldon

Construction Images:

Main level looking toward front door

Floors prepared for finishing

Upper floor renovation in midst of work being doneNear front door looking out