Construction Update on McBay Science Library

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A construction project this summer at the University of Georgia’s McBay Science Library may disrupt quiet study for a time, yet access to books and library services will continue throughout the construction period.

The project entails upgrades to the library’s entryway, service desk, and entry floor study spaces, and is expected to be completed prior to the beginning of the fall semester. In addition, the work includes a permanent exhibit to honor Shirley Mathis McBay, the first Black student to receive a doctorate from UGA and national leader in promoting quality STEM education for people of color.

“We are excited about this summer’s improvements that will honor Dr. McBay and help us to better meet students’ needs for well-equipped study space,” said Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “Please pardon the temporary disruption, and, as always, we invite you to ask our librarians and staff for help whenever you need it.”

During construction, which begins June 13, patrons will be directed to a temporary entrance and circulation desk. While the second floor (entry floor) study locations will be closed, the library stacks will remain open, and patrons are encouraged to request books and other items for pickup at McBay or another library location through the online catalog at

While the reference desk is under construction, students and faculty can call (706) 542-0698 for research assistance. Online chat services and individual consultations are still available. For quieter study spaces, the third and fourth floor of the building will remain open and free of construction.

For updates to the construction timeline, follow the UGA Libraries on social media at @ugalibs.