Updates: Ekstrom Third Floor Renovation

Following are the latest updates for our third floor renovation.

July 23

Ekstrom Library will be closed for business on Saturday, August 3rd (for the entire day) and will re-open at the regularly scheduled Sunday, August 4th opening time (12 noon).

The closure is due to the Physical Plant Electrical Department’s scheduled power outage.  Physical Plant workers will be finalizing equipment installation and 3rd floor renovation crews will be on-site working. No one else will not be permitted to enter the building August 3rd.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.


July 15

  • Electrical work was been slightly behind schedule but is almost caught up.
  • Framing is also slightly behind but they anticipate making up time with extra crews working. The framing and drywall surround on the elevator shaft will begin soon.
  • Painting in the north area is scheduled to start Wednesday the 17th. The acoustic ceiling treatment will also be applied.
  • Carpet installation may start as early as two weeks from now if the delivery remains on schedule.
  • The brick veneer removal work and new glass installation on the east facade of the building are now scheduled to begin the week of July 29th. This is likely going to take 25 days to complete. This work will likely cause minor inconveniences in entering the east side of the building when classes begin. We will share more information as the timeline and details are clarified.

June 27

  • Drilling should be completed by June 28.
  • Rough-ins for plumbing, electrical and HVAC connections will continue on both floors.
  • Beginning Monday July 1 and through July 5, crews will install electrical conduits and other wiring on the northeast quadrant of the third floor. On those days, access to Current Periodicals and Print Reference areas will be limited between the hours of 5 p.m.-7 a.m.
  • Exterior façade work has been delayed for some weeks as the crews await an order for glass. The façade process is expected to take at least several weeks, and may involve a restriction in access to the east entrance.

June 20

  • Demolition work is nearly completed on the third floor; demolition is in progress on the first floor.  
  • Workers continue to frame and rough in plumbing, electrical and HVAC connections on both floors.
  • First floor core drilling is still on schedule for June 26-29, during the day and evening, with heavy equipment brought in to the first floor.
  • While primary core drilling on the third floor is mostly completed, crews need to drill in two small areas next week. Again, you may experience vibration and some noise during these times.
  • Within the next two weeks, crews will begin removing bricks from the exterior façade. This process is expected to take at least several weeks. Due to the nature of the work, access to the east entrance may be restricted during this time.

June 13

  • Next week, construction crews will install dust barriers around the REACH and DMS offices on Ekstrom Library’s first floor in anticipation of floor core drilling.
  • From June 18-20, crews will drill on the third floor during the day and evening, bringing in heavy equipment to the first floor.
  • First floor core drilling will occur June 26-29, during the day and evening. Again, heavy equipment will be brought in to the first floor.
  • You may experience vibration and some noise during these times.

As in all construction projects, dates may shift as work commences. We will let you know as soon as possible when we find out about any changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Please direct questions, concerns or other responses to eks1reno@louisville.edu (recipients are Bruce Keisling, Andy Clark and Carolyn Dowd). However, if you’d like to provide feedback anonymously, you may use this form: http://louisville.libguides.com/forms/suggestion   

Ekstrom’s Third Floor Renovation Adds Modernized Study Spaces, New Reading Room

Some collections moving prior to May construction

Final preparations are underway for the long-anticipated renovation of Ekstrom Library’s third floor, which will provide modernized, quiet study space, a new Reading Room, a dedicated graduate student study area and better lighting and wayfinding.  Construction will begin in May after Spring semester finals.

With enrollment at UofL predicted to grow in the coming years, Libraries administration seeks to utilize current available space to provide a high-quality library experience. Raising the seat-to-student ratio helps UofL’s competitive edge in recruiting new students and retaining current ones.

201496.03 PLANNING - 3RD FLOOR 2018-08-15Planned for several years, the $3M project is primarily funded by gifts and endowments, as well as a $500,000 grant from University of Louisville administration as part of its student initiatives program. It is heartily endorsed by the Student Government Association.  In planning the renovation, the Libraries also worked with its Libraries Student Advisory Board and conducted a comprehensive survey last year that revealed the need for more high-quality study spaces.

A large component of the renovation is a proposed Jewish Studies Reading Room in space formerly occupied by the Writing Center. Currently, Libraries Development Director Matt Wyatt is working with the UofL Jewish Studies program and the local Jewish community of Louisville to raise necessary funds for this project, which will serve to inspire current and future Jewish scholars and recognize this important constituency on campus.

During construction, access to the third floor will be limited; the Delphi Center’s Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL) will remain open, and students will be welcome on any other floor. The bulk of the project will take place from May through September 2019 and wrap up soon after. The third floor will remain a quiet floor after construction.

Libraries personnel have been working diligently over the past year to relocate books and clear the way for the renovation. As of February 22, numerous books have been moved to either the 4th floor of Ekstrom (175k), the Robotic Retrieval System (RRS) (22k), or high-density storage (16k). This process is ongoing and will continue as books continue their migration. Because of the time and care involved in curating, documenting and filing information, some materials will be inaccessible for a period of time, roughly between six months to two years. The urgent need for renovations prompted an acceleration of the collections migration, and curation will continue as quickly as possible over the foreseeable future to return most books back into circulation.

As this process takes place, the Libraries will practice intelligent stewardship, to make sure all materials are useful and necessary for the important work of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and other researchers. As in every academic and public library, some materials in the collections (e.g., duplicate titles) have not been used or checked out in the entire time they’ve been housed in the stacks, and are subject to weeding. Ekstrom librarians have led a meticulous process of curation to ensure the library retains all appropriate materials of high quality.

Materials undergoing migration comprise hardcover books prior to 2000 from Library of Congress A-N. All LOC A-N books published after 2000 will remain on the floor, located in the southwest quadrant, and fully accessible to students and researchers.

Patrons who wish to borrow materials that have been moved may use the Inter Library Loan system to access them from other libraries. Typically, article requests can be fulfilled within 36 hours and book/loan requests within a week-10 working days. To learn more about this process: http://library.louisville.edu/ill/about or https://wp.me/p1uJ9h-1Ce.

To provide information to the University community and the public, the Libraries have created a website about the project (https://library.louisville.edu/ekstrom/reno3). Please keep up with the project through this portal.

New Films – October 2019

SGA CollectionAvengers Endgame

  • Brightburn
  • Outlander Season 4
  • Never Look Away
  • A Dog’s Journey
  • The Sun is Also a Star
  • Batman Beyond: the complete series
  • Men in Black: International
  • Lego DC: Family Matters
  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • Mrs. Wilson
  • Riverdale: the complete second season
  • Okko’s Inn
  • Rocketman
  • Descendants 3
  • Mirai
  • Avengers Endgame
  • Fast Color
  • Ashes in the Snow
  • A Royal Affair
  • Poldark : Seasons 1-4
  • Friday the 13th part 2
  • Friday the 13th part 3
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Judy Chicago – The Dinner Table

The Bridwell Art Library is celebrating Banned Books Week with an artistic spin! Stop by the library to see our book display featuring challenged works of art, pick up coloring sheets and buttons, and share your experiences with censored artwork.

By Trish Blair

This is the story of a feminist dinner party and the brouhaha that surrounded it being seen, and the quest for its permanent home.

In the 1970s, the art world was dominated by old or dead men.  Not seeing herself or other women in that myopic view, Judy Chicago set out to change that.  Created from 1974-1979 she and her band of 400 volunteers created a massive cooperative art installation consisting of a 48-foot equilateral triangular table with 39 place settings of famous women.  Eventually the piece would recognize 999 more women with the addition of a tile floor inscribed with those names in gold. 

The first show opened and was a huge success at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with over 90,000 people seeing it in its three-month run.  However, subsequent viewings of the show were not in a museum again until 2002.  This was due mostly to the reviews of the shows being described as “failed art”, “crass, and solemn and single-minded.”  The vulvar imagery on the plates along with the ceramics and embroidery techniques involved were thought of as craft-work, vulgar, and radical. 

In 1988 after a decade of touring The Dinner Party needed a permanent home.  Judy Chicago, in 1990, attempted to donate it to the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to anchor a proposed museum in a then empty library.  From there the Washington D.C. political media machine began writing stories that claimed that The Dinner Party “had been banned from several art galleries around the country because it depicts women’s genitalia on plates” and that the “Board of Trustees will spend nearly $1.6 million to acquire and exhibit a piece of controversial art.” This brought the ire of Republican Congressmen who deemed it pornographic and cut 1.6 million dollars from the UDC budget.  The entire cost of the renovation needed to house the piece.  Judy couldn’t take the fighting so she pulled the gift offer. 

Spring forward to 2002 and a wealthy museum donor bought, and gifted the entire piece to the Brooklyn Museum for permanent display.  In 2007 the Dinner Party was opened to the public and has remained there ever since.

Another great thing that came from The Dinner Party was the response from women world-wide who wanted to do something to join the empowerment they felt after viewing it.  Judy and her creative partner Miriam Shapiro decide that women could make triangular shaped quilt panels. The panels, which utilize a wide variety of materials and techniques, were made by different women or groups honoring and addressing individually selected women, women’s organizations, or women’s issues, to expand the number of women honored by Chicago’s The Dinner Party. In the end, 539 panels were made and eventually gifted to the University of Louisville’s Hite Institute from Judy Chicago. 

For more details about the Dinner Party see:

The dinner party : a symbol of our heritage – Art Library Reserves NK4605 .C45

Beyond the flower : the autobiography of a feminist artist – Art Library Reserves N 6537 .C48 A2 1996

Embroidering our heritage : the dinner party needlework – Art Library Reserves NK9106 .C47

https://louisville.edu/art/facilities-resources/international – honor-quilt




Gallery View: Capturing Women’s History: Quilts, Activism, and Storytelling,
Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville

Top Five Reasons Ekstrom’s Interlibrary Loan Staff Cancel Requests

By Andy Huff

Many UofL faculty, staff and students have used the University Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request materials from other academic and public libraries in the United States. Over the past year, our staff has fulfilled 14,612 requests for materials. ILL also includes document delivery services: our staff scan articles from our bound and electronic holdings and deliver them as PDFs to your ILL account.

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Unfortunately, among these numerous requests, we had to cancel 1,811, or more than 12%.  Our mission is to provide research materials to patrons when and where they need them, and while we have an exceptional fill rate of 88%, my team and I want to do even better.  To that end, I have complied the top five reasons why we cancel requests so that you know what may have happened to your last request, and what is involved in the decision-making process of our ILL staff.

  1. We have exhausted all possible sources (475 requests or 26%)

In this context, ‘sources’ are other libraries we contact to get the materials you’re looking for. If you get this notice, it is because we could not find a library that could supply the item you requested.  Sometimes it is because the only libraries that have the item are overseas; at other times, it is because a lending library is not willing to supply their materials via ILL.

  1. Other (384 requests or 21%)

This one is a bit trickier.  We typically categorize some items as ‘other’ for specific reasons that do not fall under our normal cancellation categories.  For example, we received a blank request, an item is available online (such as a journal article or e-book that is either public domain or owned by UofL), or an item is at the Law or Art library, in which case we refer them to that library.

  1. Textbooks (239 requests or 13%)

While we wish we could use ILL as an avenue for students to acquire textbooks, we have found that the shipping and handling costs, renewal rate, and sheer volume of requests would quickly swamp our department. Some professors assign new textbooks every semester, or they assign the most recent edition, and editions are constantly being updated; to keep the latest version of all assigned textbooks would be impossible.

  1. Unable to verify your request (212 requests or 11.7%)

We cancel requests when we are unable to find material based on the citation provided to us. This generally happens when we receive too little information and we cannot match what you have given us to a specific item, or the citation is too broad and fits too many items). We send out an will e-mail you when we are unable to verify a citation and give you 48 hours to respond back to us before canceling the request.

  1. Too new for an interlibrary loan (145 requests or 8%)

This happens when a book is forthcoming, the book is on order at other libraries and has not arrived there yet, or other libraries are unable to provide us the book because of age limitations on the material.  Many libraries will restrict the use of new release books and will not allow them to circulate for a year so that their local patrons can use them.  Ekstrom Library does the same thing for books in the Browsing Collection so that you have time to read them before we send them to requesting libraries.

We hope students, faculty and staff will continue to use the ILL for their scholarly work. To learn more, please visit http://library.louisville.edu/ill/policy.

New Films-September 2019

SGA Collectionbest of enemies

  • Orange: The Complete Series
  • Death in Paradise: Season 3
  • Pet Sematary 2019
  • Little
  • Are you Afraid of the Dark?: Season 1
  • the Kid
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season 1
  • The Curse of La Llorona
  • Aladdin
  • Long Shot
  • Riverdale: Season 1
  • the Aftermath
  • Missing Link
  • Dumbo
  • Early Edition: Complete Series
  • Vixen
  • The Best of Enemies
  • Bt’X Empire of the Machine, V1
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • Tolkien
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Complete Series
  • Shazam!
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
  • Gloria Bell
  • Ugly Dolls
  • Archie’s Weird Mysteries

New Online Exhibit: Lost Louisville

Lost Louisville coverThe University Libraries are happy to announce the release of a new digital exhibit – Lost Louisville: Ghost Buildings of Louisville, Kentucky.

Lost Louisville focuses on buildings that once stood in Louisville, Kentucky. Photographs of the buildings come from the Archives and Special Collections. Librarians examined each building or street scene photo and determined whether the buildings still stand. If the building no longer stands, the librarian recorded the latitude and longitude of where the building stood so that these images could be mapped using ArcGIS.

The map allows people to explore the material visually and consider the implications of why these buildings no longer stand. Why were these buildings singled out for demolition? Which of them suffered natural catastrophes? Why do certain neighborhoods have so many buildings missing? Why have many of the buildings been replaced by parking lots? What does it all mean in terms of livability for citizens?

Lost Louisville mapPhase I, which is available now, focused on the areas of the city from Broadway to the Ohio River and from Beargrass Creek to the river. Over 1100 images cover the neighborhoods from Shawnee to Butchertown. Images marked with a star indicate links to interactive sliders that compares the historic photos to recent images of what the spaces where the buildings once stood look like now. The slider view is available for 50 of the images.

Research on Phase II has already begun and will expand the area included. In future phases we hope to add essays by experts that will interpret these maps and photos through the lenses of architecture, local history, and urban planning.

Explore Lost Louisville today!

Ekstrom’s Third Floor Renovation Nears Completion

Transformed Spaces Estimated Opened by early September

Crews continue working on the final stage of Ekstrom Library’s third floor renovation, which will provide modern study spaces, a large wall of windows, a reading room, and a dedicated graduate student area.

During their first few weeks of classes, students will encounter some construction. Postponed bids in May delayed the project by several weeks, and while workers have made up some of the lost time, the majority of work is now estimated to be complete by early September. Furniture will be moved in after construction crews finish installing ceiling treatments, flooring, HVAC and electrical lines; long lead times may mean that furniture continues to move in during the semester.


The Delphi Center’s Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL) will remain open and fully accessible, and Ekstrom Library will provide safe access to the books in the stacks area as soon as possible. Contractor Churchill McGee will place signs in areas that are unsafe and all visitors must observe and obey these signs.


Upgrades to the REACH center and Digital Media Suite on Ekstrom’s first floor are also nearing completion. That project is estimated to conclude at the end of August.

As previously reported, part of Ekstrom’s book collection housed on the third floor was removed to make way for the renovation. Materials have been relocated to the fourth floor, into high-density storage, or into the Robotic Retrieval System.  Patrons who are unable to find books or other materials in the library’s collection may use the Inter Library Loan. Typically, article requests can be fulfilled within 36 hours and book/loan requests within a week-10 working days. To learn more about this process: http://library.louisville.edu/ill/about or https://wp.me/p1uJ9h-1Ce.

Fundraising remains ongoing for a proposed Jewish Studies Reading Room in space formerly occupied by the Writing Center. Libraries Development Director Matt Wyatt is working with the UofL Jewish Studies program and the local Jewish community of Louisville to fund an inspiring venue for local and national lectures, presentations and other events.

To find out more about the project, please see this website (https://library.louisville.edu/ekstrom/reno3).

New Films- August 2019

SGA CollectionCaptain Marvel

  • Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
  • The Least of These
  • Shaft
  • Father Brown: season 1
  • Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series
  • Captive State
  • 7 Below
  • The Devil’s Backbone
  • Logan Lucky
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • Peppermint Soda
  • Five Feet Apart
  • Mickey and Nicky
  • A Madea Family Funeral
  • Soldier
  • Perfect Blue
  • Smokin’ Aces
  • 13 Assassins
  • Les Miserables
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
  • Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
  • Mindhunters
  • Dredd
  • Lockout
  • Wonder Park
  • The Mustang
  • 5 TO 7
  • Death in Paradise: Season 2
  • Last of the Dogmen
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of Rebellion: Season 1
  • Samurai Jack: the Complete Series
  • Night is Short, Walk on Girl
  • Sniper
  • Isn’t it Romantic
  • Hagazussa
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot
  • Us
  • Run the Race
  • How to Train Your Dragon: the Hidden World
  • The Gift
  • Better Call Saul: season 4
  • Outlander
  • Greta
  • The Possession of Hannah Grace
  • The Upside
  • Sniper 2
  • Captain Marvel