Snell Library Renovation

Current Status


As of November 13, 2023, renovations to the fourth floor of Snell Library are now complete and the level is open to the Northeastern community! This floor features:

  • reservable group and individual study rooms
  • a large glass-walled silent study space
  • individual soundproof pods for phone or video calls
  • improved acoustic dampening 
  • additional study space



The 3rd floor is currently closed for renovations. Staff offices previously located in that space, including the Dean of the Library’s Suite, are currently located on the 2nd floor. Renovations are expected to be completed in summer 2024. 

This floor will contain:

  • reservable group and individual study rooms
  • an enhanced graduate study room
  • a digital scholarship research hub
  • expanded research data consultation space
  • additional study space



Beginning Tuesday, February 20, the 2nd floor will be closed. The ITS Tech Bar will be relocated to the 1st floor and the 3D Printing and Recording Studios will be unavailable. Renovations are expected to be completed in fall 2024.

This floor will contain:

  • reservable group study rooms
  • a creativity and design hub
  • drop-in research help
  • consultation space with library experts
  • additional study space



Beginning July 17, 2023, renovation work is taking place on the main entrance and other areas of the first floor. A temporary entrance is located on the west side of the building, through the Snell Library Classrooms entrance. Please follow the signs.

In addition, the following services or departments have relocated:

  • Campus Coffee and Tea Café will be closed for the remainder of the work.
  • The Research Help Desk for drop-in reference assistance is now located at the main Help & Information Desk on the first floor.
  • The Hub of recreational reading material is temporarily closed. However, all physical library books, including those featured in the Hub, remain available upon request.
  • CoLabs A-G are unavailable.
  • The Writing Center is unavailable. Visit their website for more information about available services and locations.

Renovation work on the first floor will continue in stages, with an expected completion in summer 2024. Upon completion, the floor will contain:

  • a wrap-around glass facade for campus views
  • a new café and large event space
  • unified space for ITS support
  • a larger and more accessible lobby
  • additional study space and reservable group study rooms



Beginning Tuesday, February 20, the newly renovated lower (basement) level will be open to the Northeastern community! This floor will contain:

  • more space to highlight the Archives and Special Collections
  • reservable group study rooms
  • additional study space

Some areas of the basement will be restricted while final touches are being made, including to the collection of high-use print books that will be returning to Snell Library.


While Snell Library undergoes its extensive renovation, study space will be limited in certain areas. Students looking for study space can visit the Northeastern University Spaces page to locate study space elsewhere on the Boston campus.