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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!  Library staff and materials have been shifted to the Cravens building during construction.  All services, including printing and research assistance, remain available. Patrons can enter the Cravens building through the Normal Street entrance or the entrance nearest the Fine Arts Center (FAC).


The Commons at Helm Library is expected to open in the fall of 2021.


The reinvention of Helm Library began with targeted demolition in the summer of 2019.  Active construction began in 2020. It is expected to be completed in fall 2021.


Students’ favorite food options will continue to be available at the top of the hill.  While offerings are still being finalized, it’s expected that the Commons at Helm Library will include a local coffee venue, a rotation space featuring food from Bowling Green’s favorite spots, and multiple national food brands.


Only two parking spaces on Colonnade Drive have been affected.  If needed, additional parking options can be found at wku.edu/transportation

Java City is open at a temporary location on the main level of Garrett Conference Center.

Walking route maps to assist in navigating around the construction site are available here: https://www.wku.edu/commons/walking_routes.php.


The Commons at Helm Library will create a modern, engaging, interactive, and multipurpose space designed to bring together the entire WKU family in the heart of campus.  In addition to individual and group study spaces, the Commons at Helm Library will be an intellectual hub that facilitates student engagement with faculty and staff. 

This site will be updated periodically during construction.  For questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Libraries

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 Last Modified 3/16/21