UND Today

University of North Dakota’s Official News Source

Video: Renovated, revitalized Chester Fritz Library looks like new

With the end of a two-year renovation project in sight, the Chester Fritz Library’s new lease on life has just begun

The Chester Fritz Library, the heart of academic life on the UND campus, will be completing a renovation in the spring of 2021. The first major update to the building since 1981, the Library has new, modern study spaces, group rooms and research areas, as the video above shows.

The Reading Room (also known as the Fishbowl to UND students) has a variety of individual and group areas, with whiteboards, flexible space and a fireplace.

New entrances on the North and South sides are more accessible for all users and open directly into the space. A skyway will connect the library to the new Nistler College of Business & Public Administration.

Staff members in the Knowledge Commons can help answer questions, check out material or assist with research. There are one-on-one rooms for consultation with library or other campus offices, which will have a satellite location in the Library.

The Library is also now home to UIT, the Writing Center, and a new AI/VR Lab, where students can design and test 360-degree and virtual reality software. There is also the One-Button Studio, a 3D printing space, Special Collections, new conference rooms and a vending area when library users need a study break.