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Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation Project

The Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation Project began in May 2016, and was completed in May 2017. The project brings the physical space, technology, and infrastructure of the Harrison Libraries in line with our evolving understanding of teaching and learning, benefiting the University’s community of learners, scholars, creators, and supporters.

On November 21, 2016, the University of Hartford announced that, thanks to the generosity of a group of anonymous donors in the form of a multimillion-dollar gift, the libraries was to be named Harrison Libraries in honor of University President Walter Harrison, who retired in June 2017 after 19 years leading the University. The exceptional gift contributes to the expansion and renovation project currently underway on campus and to future funding for the libraries.

These images show the vision for the project, and also its progress.

  • Topping Off Ceremony
    Topping Off Ceremony

    Students signed the beam during the Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation Topping Off Ceremony.

  • The Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation project
    The Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation project

    The expansion's windows were installed in November, 2016.

  • The Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation project's Open House event, November 30, 2016
    The Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation project's Open House event, November 30, 2016

    Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the project's open house event on November 30, 2016

  • Main floor view
    Main floor view

    The Mortensen Library renovation will feature spaces that accommodate emerging learning styles and facilitate collaboration.

  • From the balcony
    From the balcony

    A wall of windows will look out into our natural surroundings.

  • Allen Library
    Allen Library

    The Allen Library will continue to serve as a learning hub and intellectual center for The Hartt School.