March 2, 2023

Second phase of renovations begin: Shiffman Medical Library closed March 13-17

The Shiffman Medical Library at the Wayne State University School of Medicine will be closed March 13-17 for the second phase of renovations to create expanded study space and updated seating configurations to meet students’ learning preferences and evolving needs.

The atrium will feature new collaborative seating options, and the quiet study area will include individual study booths and carrels for private study. Additionally, all study rooms will have newly installed monitors with the ability to screen cast from a connected device.

The new furniture and equipment will be installed throughout the entire library, with specific areas for students to work together, discuss ideas, collaborate on projects, study individually or relax in between classes and activities.

Librarians will continue to provide online reference, research and instructional support during renovations.

The work will be completed in three phases:

- Feb. 20-24 (COMPLETE)

- March 13-17

- March 30-31

Students worked with WSU School of Medicine administration on the project. Medical students were surveyed and offered different furniture selections from which to choose. The students’ top choices will be installed.

The renovations were made possible by a generous gift from former Wayne State professors Robert Mitchell and Diane Sasaki, active library users who dedicated their lives to educating students in medicine and science.

Questions about the library closure? Email Library Director LaVentra Danquah at or call 313-577-9083.


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