Harden Hall Renovation Project

Artist's conception of the future south-west view of Harden Hall

Purpose of the Renovation:

The renovation of Harden Hall will enhance Olson Library’s student and staff spaces, create a learning commons that supports student success and retention, engage students in cutting-edge technology, provide a welcoming space that enhances individual and collaborative studying, and highlight student art. Moving NMU’s Archives and the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center to the library’s main floor will improve student access and promote collaboration. The renovation will also create new classrooms; new office suites for the Honors Program, SISU and SHINE; and new academic department space to relocate the Political Science, Economics, History and Philosophy departments from Gries Hall to the academic core of campus.

Renovation News


Progress continues at Northern Michigan University's Harden Hall renovation project, home to the Lydia M. Olson Library. 


In an effort to enhance facilities and services, Northern Michigan University's Lydia M. Olson Library is temporarily located in Gries Hall while a renovation is underway in its original home at Harden Hall. The renovation project, scheduled for completion in December 2025, aims to provide an upgraded and modernized library space for students, faculty, and the community.

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