Starting today, the Killam Memorial Library is embarking on a deep energy retrofit that will continue into early 2026. When it’s done, most users won’t notice a difference. But the planet will.
The Killam retrofit project is projected to reduce both energy and water consumption by more than 50 per cent. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,100 tonnes of CO2 — the equivalent of removing 700 cars from the road.
As a deep energy retrofit, the project aims to achieve greater energy efficiency by looking at the whole building and incorporating upgrades and maintenance to multiple systems at once.
Work is starting today (May 15) in the Downie Wenjack Legacy Space. Work in that area should be completed before the start of the Fall term in September, but the space will remain closed until then. This closure includes the Learning Commons, IT Help Desk, Hardware Services, Ko’jua Okuom, Writing Centre, and the Atlantic Research Data Centre.
Help Desk staff and services will be available at the Killam Library Service Point throughout the closure.
The project will continue into early 2026 as building systems are replaced within each area. The plan is to complete the work space by space, so that closures are avoided during busy and important times, such as midterms and exams.
For project updates: visit the Killam Library 2023‑25 Retrofit Project webpage.