Love Library Cupola

Love Library Cupola after restoration in 2022.

Craig Chandler, Office of University Communication

Cupola Restoration

2022 Restoration

During the summer of 2022, Love Library’s cupola went through a major restoration. Funds for the restoration came from LB384 maintenance funding. The the iconic structure received new exterior siding, windows and a fresh coat of paint. University Facilities Planning and Construction led the restoration. Paul Davis Restoration was the general contractor that restored the cupola.

The interior of the cupola was not impacted by the renovation. Pieces of the cupola’s wooden exterior were given to the Archives & Special Collections to preserve. Photos were taken of the signatures and messages written by staff, students and others who have visited the space during the nearly 80-year history of the cupola. Watch a video of Erin Colonna, Graphics Designer for the University Libraries, ascend into the cupola to photograph the writing on the walls.

1995 Restoration

The cupola’s exterior has been upgraded before as noted in this article from the Daily Nebraskan in 1995. The copper roof was replaced after being hit by lightning three times in the previous 20 years.

1995, Aug. 25, "After 20 Years..."

Cupola Climb

Video of the 2022 Cupola Climb

This video documents Erin Colonna, Graphics Designer for the University Libraries, climb into the cupola to take photos of the interior.

May 2022 Cupola Climb. Video footage by Erin Colonna, Libraries Graphics Designer.

Historic Documentation of the 1953 Cupola Climb

This Daily Nebraskan article describes the climb up to the cupola in 1953. Names found on the walls during that climb include Jim Woodbury, John Brown, Connie Owen, Pat Beadle, Jim Heppner, Don Young, Bob James, Jean McCartney and Betty Crubb.

1953, Feb. 26, "Step Ladders, Cat Walks...."

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