Milne Library Renovation Information

The Milne building at SUNY Geneseo is undergoing significant renovation thanks to funding from the State University of New York’s Capital Program, financed by the State of New York.

Fraser Hall Library is the primary campus library until the Milne renovation project is complete.

Fraser Hall Library is an award-winning, newly renovated library that continues to provide access to books and information, expert support for scholarship, and a welcoming environment where patrons can study, share ideas, and learn. View Fraser Hall Library hours.

Latest Milne Renovation Updates

The $35 million renovation to SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library is on track to open during the 2024–25 academic year, and a new virtual rendering of the library provides a preview. 

Funded in part by the State University Construction Fund and designed by JMZ Architects, the updated library received significant input from students, faculty, and staff. It features increased seating, improved windows and lighting, and the addition of study rooms, event spaces, and a café. 

“We are very excited and look forward to welcoming all students, faculty, staff, and community members back to Milne Library, where we can continue providing award-winning services,” says Library Director Corey Ha. 

Bob Ames, assistant vice president for facilities and planning, is pleased to see the large campus project remain on time, on budget, and on scope—all due, he says, to a strong collaboration between the College, the SUNY Construction Fund team, and the contractors. “We continue to appreciate all involved in advancing this important project that will benefit the campus community for decades to come,” he says.

Highlights include:

  • Large windows with beautiful views of the Genesee Valley
  • Increased seating throughout the Library
  • Group study rooms
  • A brand new events/multipurpose room for campus activities
  • A new cafe serving a variety of food and beverages, plus improved traffic flow making it easier for students to grab meals on the go
  • New and improved lighting throughout the building
  • New second entrance
  • The Provost's Office, Facilities and Library teams are leading the Milne project; many more are involved in this collaborative effort.

View the latest renderings (courtesy of JMZ Architects) below. The design was based on usage data, as well as feedback from the campus and local community. Library design experts also provided input.

Milne Architectural Rendering Multi-Purpose Room
Milne Architectural Rendering Exterior Southwest View
Milne Architectural Rendering Main Level Lobby
Milne Architectural Rendering Open Seating Area
Milne Architectural Rendering Exterior East View
Milne Architectural Rendering Upper Level Open Stairs

Please note these are renderings. The furniture and inside decor are shown for placeholders only.