Uris Cocktail Lounge Renovation

January 10, 2019


As part of our efforts to improve library spaces, the Cocktail Lounge (also known as the Uris Addition) is closed for a much-needed makeover! Opened in 1982, it will soon feature a more contemporary look, cozier and more versatile furniture, and study areas better-equipped for both individual and group work. With increased accessibility, it will also become fully ADA compliant.

When will it reopen?

With a renovation expected to take five months, we anticipate reopening in mid- to late-May 2019.

The Cocktail Lounge was my favorite place to study. Where can I go now?

We're sorry for the inconvenience. In the meantime, you can find plenty of wonderful study spaces at Uris and Olin Libraries. You can also explore other libraries of Cornell University Library.

Will the rest of Uris Library be affected?

No need to worry! The rest of Uris will be open during regular hours, including the lower-level spaces of the Tower Lab, the B05 classroom, and the Kirby, Austen, and Fiske Rooms. View the Uris Library schedule.

What are the changes to the Cocktail Lounge?

The overall structure will be the same, but the furnishings, equipment, and study areas will be remodeled. The changes include:

  • A variety of task-oriented and cozy seating options, including more lounge-like furniture and tables and chairs of different heights
  • Seating areas designed to maximize views of Libe Slope
  • Reservable study rooms with improved task furniture, ready for plug-and-play group work (i.e., easy connections for laptops)
  • Restrooms upgraded to meet ADA access standards, and an all-gender restroom added
  • More electrical outlets
  • New carpeting and interior lighting
  • A vending area with hot beverages

And, for the first time since 1982, the south entrance facing Willard Straight Hall will be open! You will need your Cornell ID to enter. The path outside will be well-lit and regraded for better accessibility, landscaping will be improved, and an in-ground heating system will mitigate ice and snow accumulation.

How did you choose the furniture?

By listening to you! Last spring, students tested furniture for several weeks and shared feedback. In addition, we conducted interviews to learn more about what works best for you. (Read about the testing process in the Cornell Daily Sun.)

Can I get a sneak peek? 

Yes! Here are some renderings provided by Holt Architects. 

If you have more questions about the renovation, please contact our facilities planning manager, Jon Ladley: