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Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library’s Space Revitalization Project

From December 2019 to March 2020, the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, located on the 8th floor of Robarts Library, will be undergoing construction to enhance student study and learning spaces to improve the library user experience.

Service during construction

The Loan Services Desk and Reference Desk will be relocated to a temporary location in the library on Friday, December 6 in preparation for construction, which will begin in December. The move will take approximately half a day and is not expected to produce excessive noise. Detailed construction timelines will be shared once they are available.

Following the move of the Loan Services and Reference Desks, the Library’s general public services will not be interrupted during construction. Door 8033 will be used as the temporary main entrance.

During construction, access to the rare book and protected material collection will be closed. The two LIRA stations in the front area of the library will be moved at the back of the library where the Current Resources Centre is located.

Noise during construction

During the construction period there may be times when high levels of noise are experienced. Earplugs will be made available at the Loan Services Desk, or users may wish to seek out quieter areas in other parts of the building at such times.

The Project

The East Asian Library Space Revitalization Project will create a variety of learning and study spaces, including an open collaboration and event/exhibit area, an active learning instruction space and quiet study spaces. Its public event space, which is currently located at the far back of the library, will be moved to the front of the library near the entrance area.

This change will facilitate creation of student study spaces that will be designed to meet students’ diverse learning styles. When not in use for special events, the front area of the library will become a collaborative, independent learning zone, while the back end of the library will become devoted to quiet study spaces with posted noise-level indicators.

The Library’s seminar room (Room 8051) will be redesigned in order to provide greater configuration flexibility to integrate and support teaching and learning. This innovative space will enhance collaboration, improve knowledge transfer and engage multiple learning styles. It will be open to students for use as study space when not booked for departmental instruction or meetings.

The Space Revitalization Project will also provide additional power outlets throughout the library and task lighting for carrels. Flexible and adaptable furnishings and infrastructure will serve the diverse information and programming needs of the library.

Finally, the project will enhance the connection of the East Asian Library to the campus by creating a more intuitive path to the library entrance. Clear and attractive wayfinding will guide visitors from the public elevator to its entrance.


Should you have any questions regarding the East Asian Library’s Space Revitalization Project, please direct them to Hana Kim, Director of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library ( | 416- 978-7690).

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to offering our patrons a more vibrant and versatile space in the near future.