Closing Time: Uris Cocktail Lounge Closed Until May for Renovations

Students gearing up for all-nighters must seek alternative venues — it is closing time at the Cocktail Lounge.

The study location in Uris Library is closed until mid- to late-May to undergo renovations, which will change the seating, lighting, bathrooms, technological capabilities and accessibility of the 24-hour study space.

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The Cocktail Lounge first opened in 1982 as an annex to the Uris Library. The decor of the 37-year-old space has been worn down since its last upgrades years ago, said Director of Olin and Uris Libraries Bonna Boettcher, making the renovations timely.

The renovations will include new carpets, an all-gender restroom, modernized furniture in the reservable study rooms, a vending area with refreshments and upgraded bathrooms to meet Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

Other renovations of the library include refurbished seating areas and updated light fixtures to maximize the views of Libe Slope. Movable seating will allow for “greater flexibility” of the space, said facilities planning manager Jon Ladley.

“New interior lighting will accentuate the curved nature of the space, and seating areas that allow for better views through the central windows will be added,” Ladley said. “We also added power outlets wherever possible, which were insufficient in the old space.”

The added seating will also accommodate different study styles, according to Ladley.

“The seating capacity won’t change dramatically, but the type of seating will,” Ladley told The Sun in an email. “The new furniture was selected, with student input, to accommodate a variety of study styles on the upper and lower levels.”

A vending area will be incorporated into the renovations due to student feedback about the lack of availability of hot beverages and snacks, Ladley said. The area will be self-service and located near the elevator in a “newly constructed alcove,” Ladley said.


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