After an enforced hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, plans have once again been advancing on the Warburg Renaissance project. Building work is scheduled to begin in Spring 2022.

The Warburg Renaissance will transform the Warburg Institute by restoring its original vision and making it ready for future generations. We aim to enhance the Institute’s academic resources, teaching facilities and public offerings, and create new facilities for special collections, exhibitions, and events. Specifically, the Library will gain space for an estimated 20 years of growth and the stacks will be refurbished with improved climate control. The Archive and Photographic Collection will be relocated to new purpose-designed and climate-controlled spaces in the Lower Ground Floor.

The Institute will remain open throughout the refurbishment and will continue to welcome students on both its taught and MPhil/PhD programmes. Preparations are planned to begin in April 2022 and the works will last for 21 months. Particular care has been taken to ensure that the vast majority of the collections remain accessible during the project.

The main exception to this is the Library’s periodicals, which will be moved off-site in April 2022 and will be inaccessible throughout the works. This is to allow for the use of the rolling stacks in the Lower Ground Floor as a ‘swing space’ into which books from other floors can be moved. During the final six months of the project, the Reading Room’s reference works will also be temporarily stored off-site and inaccessible.

The Institute’s Special Collections – the Archive, Photographic Collection and the Library’s rare books and manuscripts – will also be moved out of the building in April 2022, and so will be inaccessible during that month. Once they are set up in their new location, they will be able to be consulted in the University of London’s Stewart House, a two-minute walk from the Institute, where a new Special Collections Reading Room will be opened for visitors. We anticipate they will be available for consultation from May 2022.

The schedule is planned so that work will take place on two floors during each stage of the project and we will communicate well in advance how this will affect the location of various class marks and study spaces.

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