The Orbach Science Library's History

The Orbach Science Library's History

Facts about the Science Library

85,000 square foot site 106,000 assignable square feet on four floors. 600,000 book capacity

Planning: 3,613,000 Construction and furnishings: $26,858,000

Construction Time: 
2 1/2 years

Study Space:
1,530 reader seats, including: 645 study carrels over 20 group study rooms

Computer Workstations (at opening):
139 public computers

Ehrlich-Rominger, Newport Beach, CA
Sheply Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, Boston, MA

Landscape Architect:
Pamela Burton & Co., Santa Monica, CA

General Contractor:
Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc., San Diego, CA

Construction Timeline

science library at night


Library Site Before Construction
December 13, 1995: Virtual Groundbreaking
February 5, 1996: Notice to Proceed
February 1996: Construction Begins
July 1996: Concrete first Poured
September 1996: Sub-basement Walls & Columns
December 1996:  Ground Floor Slab Poured
March 1997: Pouring Concrete for First Floor
April 1997: Pouring Concrete for Second Floor
May 1997:  Third Floor Complete
September 1997:  Building "Capped"
Winter 1998:  Brick & Limestone Facade
Spring 1998:  Landscaping Begins
Fall 1998: Grand Opening

Before the Science Library

Before the Science Library was opened in the Fall of 1998, there were the Physical Sciences (PhySci) Library in the Geology Building and the Bio-Agricultural (BioAg) Library (picture) in a wing of Batchelor Hall.  The new library allowed the libraries to consolidate the collections and allowed expansion room for new materials. The older libraries were so space impacted that buying a new book sometimes meant deciding what book to get rid of.  The other libraries also did not have the room or the infrastructure to accommodate the number of computers that would be necessary to support the students in finding and utilizing information. 

On the other hand, there were great memories in those buildings and they had functioned for many years as an excellent resource for the fine science research that was done here at UCR.

Last modified: 3/18/2014 3:12 PM by M. Potter

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