Burke Library floor plan - first floorWe are thrilled to announce that during the summer of 2023, the entire first floor of Burke Library will be remodeled. 
Despite the construction, most LITS services will remain available without interruption.

We are very excited, and hope you are as well. We’re anticipating a new and improved classroom, areas to highlight our physical collections, shared service points for assistance, virtual reality spaces, soundproof rooms for podcast production and more, different types of study spaces for individual and group work, permanent exhibit spaces, new offices, and other great new spaces. Check out the architect's images below:

Burke Library will close to the public starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2023 so construction can begin. The entire library will be inaccessible to all patrons, except for faculty with carrels on the third floor. Library materials can be retrieved for patrons, and electronic access to resources will not change. We anticipate re-gaining access to the building by the start of the Fall semester.

LITS follows the College business hours. Please note the College will be closed Monday, May 29th, Monday, July 3rd, and Tuesday, July 4th. 

Circulation staff will be located in SCCT1004

 Help Desk staff will be available via

Research Librarians will be off-campus but available via

  • Chat: Use pop-out window from any LITS webpage
  • Email: askus@hamilton.edu
  • Phone: 315-859-4735

Interlibrary Loan staff will be available via

Special Collections and the College Archives will be available by appointment only. 

Please let us know of any questions or concerns via our brief questionnaire

Thank you for your patience, and we can’t wait to show off when it’s all finished!


Why, yes, you can!  Our student employee, John George Freiré Crespo '26, is taking photos and posting them on a blog for everyone to keep track of the construction progress: https://lits.hamiltonlits.org/redesign/ 

No.  Starting May 16, 2023, Burke Library will be closed to the public.  Circulation staff will be accessible in SCCT1004 and via phone or email.  Help Desk staff will be available via phone or email. Research Librarians will be available via chat, voicemail, or email.  Interlibrary Loan staff will be available via phone or email.

The LITS Circulation staff will be located in SCCT 1004 this summer due to the closure of Burke Library.  You can still request books and other library materials for your research needs. 

Go to the Library Catalog - https://hamilton.primo.exlibrisgroup.com.

  • Click “Sign In” at the upper right of the screen and log into your account using your Hamilton credentials. 
  • Search the catalog.
  • When you are at the full record for an item, scroll down until you see “Get Item.”
  • Click on “Request.”

Items will be delivered to SCCT 1004  by noon the next business day where you can pick them up.  Items can also be returned to SCCT 1004. 

Interlibrary loan items will also be available for pick up and return in SCCT 1004.  

LITS follows the College business hours and will be available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Yes, if you make an appointment with them first to make arrangements to be escorted into the building. Contact Christian Goodwillie at cgoodwil@hamilton.edu with questions about Special Collections, and Jeremy Katz at askarch@hamilton.edu about the College Archives. 


Effective Tuesday, May 16, please return any equipment to the Circulation Department in SCCT1004 during College business hours. The library book drop will also be available until Commencement for any book returns. 

Probably not.  We will bring materials to SCCT 1004 for pick up.  Items can be returned to SCCT 1004 as well.

Yes, but you will need to enter and exit via the loading dock door in the rear of the building, and then use either the elevator or side emergency stairwells.  The main stairwell will be inaccessible. You will need to confirm that you have card swipe access to the building.

Yes! Sadove has three Macintosh and four Windows computers available outside of college business hours.  There is also a printer on the second floor of Sadove.  

Yes.  We get it.  It's going to be a challenging summer for all of us, but at the end, we will have a spectacular new space. With patience and understanding on everyone's part, we will get through this just fine.


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