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Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 7:54 p.m.

$55M University of Michigan library renovation to reflect changing medical profession

By Kellie Woodhouse


Future front entrance view of the Taubman Library.

U-M photo

University of Michigan's Board of Regents Thursday unanimously approved the design for a $55 million renovation of the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

Plans include moving much of the library's print collection to other areas and making way for classrooms, computer labs and spaces that support group collaboration and facilitate simulation and other technology-rich assessments.

The conversion of library space, which primarily is used by medical and pharmaceutical researchers and students, reflects the changing reality of medicine and other health professions, U-M officials say.

"Medical education has changed dramatically from the time that I went to medical school," U-M Health System CEO Ora Pescovitz noted during the Thursday afternoon regents meeting.

The renovation is set to begin later this year.

Meanwhile, the board also approved the schematic design for a new softball facility and next steps in its renovation of South Quadrangle.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

Just a Spending Plan: We can come up with a number of reasons to spend money as it is available and such spending may enrich the people who may control the access to those funds. I am surprised to note that this spending may not alter the way medicine is practiced now; a practice that primarily aims at earning profits while posing as a non-profit organization. Medical Science has to explain the term life and the explanation must help us to define the purpose of life.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 12:52 p.m.

On the one hand: "Regents concerned about losing $41M in State funding." On the other hand: "$55M library renovation proceeding smoothly." Excuse me while I get some tissues for all of these crocodile tears. There is simply no sense of restraint at this University - it's "spend what you can, and cry about what you can't."

Dog Guy

Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 12:59 a.m.

Pulling the lion's tail may be fun, but can cost you. Autonomy sounds grand, but he who pays the piper calls the tune.

Dog Guy

Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 1:06 a.m.

Ufda! Wrong story!