Chester Fritz Library Updates

News and notes from UND's Chester Fritz Library

Renovation Update

CFL’s renovation is in full swing; see below. While it may feel a bit like a game of Where’s Waldo? when you try to find a person or service, it’s going well and we’re grateful to our patrons for their patience!

Current and Ongoing Changes


The North Entry (University Ave.) is closed till October 2019. When it reopens, the South Entry (Quad) will close till May 2020. New doors will be purchased.

1st Floor


1st floor collections (gov docs, microforms, bound periodicals) remain in Core Library storage; they’ll return once compact shelving’s installed in late 2019.

University Information Technology (UIT)

UIT has moved into CFL’s 1st floor. Only UIT’s Telecommunications unit isn’t in CFL; with few in-person customer service needs, it made sense for them to stay in the IT building. Everyone else has moved in except CIO Madhavi Marasinghe, who’ll soon be in Rooms 220/1.

2nd Floor

Staff & Services

Access Services, Technical Services, and Reference (incl. offices, computers, printing & scanning, Magic Box, One Button Studio) were closed for 8 weeks to install new fire sprinklers, ceilings, and LED lights. Most staff have returned to their offices. The One Button Studio will reopen by Fall; the Magic Box is temporarily in the Archives. Scanners and printing are available. Library Digital Initiatives, Systems, & Services staff will move to new 2nd floor offices in September.

CFL Administration

Offices are closed till mid-August for sprinkler installation. Staff relocated to many areas. Phones are forwarded, so to find us, call and we’ll direct you! Dean Walker’s in the Law Library; many thanks to Director Tammy Oltz and her staff.


The V-Lab (Data Visualization, VR/AR, Robotics Bench) is in the Family History Room (Archives) for now. Work on its permanent 3rd floor home will be done by mid-Fall 2019.

Upcoming Changes

  • New windows will be installed throughout CFL in Summer 2020.
  • New 2nd floor student study space is being built beside the Reading Room (where bound periodicals were); 3rd floor study space is complete except for furniture. Furniture from the Memorial Union will be installed in both spaces in August.
  • Reading Room design is being finalized.
  • With Associate Provost Storrs and Provost DiLorenzo, and extensive input from Extended Learning, the Writing Center, TTaDA, Career Services, and more, we designed a Knowledge Commons on 2nd floor, to be staffed by many units.
  • The Writing Center (WC) will relocate to the 3rd floor West in May 2020. (Children’s Collections are moving to the 4th floor.) We’ll be delighted to welcome our WC colleagues, as many libraries have done. The more services we can centralize in convenient locations, the better we can serve our students!
  • Using archival donor funds, we’ll buy new furniture for Archival & Special Collections public reading rooms.

We’ll keep everyone posted.