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Anticipating a makeover, UW-Madison Libraries plan to hold town halls

The UW-Madison Libraries will hold two town halls next week.

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The UW-Madison Libraries are in the midst of a makeover, and in light of proposed transformations, the university will hold two upcoming town halls dedicated to collecting campus input on the futures of the libraries.

The town halls will focus on gathering “input on the draft report on library user feedback,” reviewing “the draft scenarios for future campus library locations” and discussing the “next steps in the master planning process,” according to a university release.

“Our partners have been working for months to gather information to bring us to a point where they have an early draft to share,” Carrie Kruse, director of College Library and master plan project manager, said. “It’s critical to have faculty, staff and students see the progress of the plan and provide input before the semester is over.”

The university’s libraries, in conjunction with UW-Madison Facilities Planning & Management, the UW System, Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development, brightspot strategy and Engberg Anderson Architects, have been developing the master plan for the UW libraries since November 2016. The plan itself is projected to “provide direction” to the library buildings for up to the next 25 years.

The first town hall is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Memorial Library. The second is set to take place Wednesday at noon at Steenbock Memorial Library.

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