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The following chart shows activity starting in 2012, with data gathering and campus input from students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. The Library Design Committee is working to ensure that the college’s design and aesthetic ambitions for the new Neilson Library are realized in the context of the functional requirements for a 21st century library.

For detail about Library access and services during construction, see Here's My Library!

Date Milestone
2012-2013 Planning for Smith's 21st century library begins
Fall 2015-Winter 2016 Programming & campus engagement
May 2017 Neilson Library & Alumnae Gym close and Young Library becomes central library service point
Summer 2017 Relocation of existing utilities; site prep
Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Demolition of library additions and interior
Summer 2018-Fall 2018 Planning and design for Alumnae Gym
Summer 2018-Spring 2019 New building foundations; concrete roofs over north and south below grade additions; repairs to 1909 masonry walls of New Neilson
Spring 2019-Summer 2019 Structural steel framing and concrete decks on upper floors and roof
Summer 2019-Fall 2019 Interior buildout and exterior cladding
Winter 2020 Mechanical electrical plumbing (MEPs) and systems rough install
Spring 2020-Summer 2020 Interior finishes and fit-out
Fall 2020 Substantial completion and finished landscape