Frequently asked questions

Will air-conditioning be included as part of the renovation project?

Improving thermal comfort during all times of the year is an important focus of the project. The team will be evaluating several cost-effective and sustainable strategies that will allow us to implement the best solutions.

What else will be improved during the renovation?

The design team is looking for ways to improve thermal comfort, increase the number of seats, improve wayfinding, add more classrooms, and improve access to all services.  We’re trying to keep everything visitors love about the existing library and fix everything they don’t.

Who is funding this project?

The renovation project is funded through a California State University system-wide state bond. We are actively fundraising to increase the capacity of this project.

Visit Cal Poly’s campaign page to learn more.

When will construction start? 

The second phase of the project which includes design, planning and construction, will begin upon the allocation of funding from the State of California.

Will there be more study space in the library?

Yes! We know there is an increased need for inclusive study spaces equipped with technology to prepare students for academic success. Plans for additional user spaces will support the student body with a variety study environments.

What will happen to the books?

We have seen a 90% decrease in print loans at Kennedy Library since 2000, however we value the many ways students and faculty seek information. We will continue to provide direct access to print materials in the renovated space, ensuring that the titles held in the building are those that support the research of students and faculty across all disciplines. We will also continue to enable access to more than 20 million books and journals held at our 23 CSU sister campuses, discoverable via our online search tool OneSearch.