Award-Dr. Roxanne Springer
During the summer of 1997, the library had a much needed, modern air handling system (with heating, cooling, and humidity control) installed. In addition, new ceilings and lighting were put in place; old asbestos tile was removed and replaced with new tile flooring throughout the stacks, and with carpeting in the Reading Rooms and staff areas; two walls were removed in the stack areas and new book stacks were installed in the first two rooms. The library was completely repainted; and a lovely glass door replaced the old wooden front door. Several areas were rewired, eliminating messy, hazardous cables crossing the floor.
The Reference Room was completely rearranged, making the room less crowded and moving the copier away from the fire exit. Individual carrels were moved, allowing for several, quiet, out-of-the-way study seats.
This project required the temporary removal of the book stacks and some 90,000 volumes into eight classrooms around the building. The library staff moved across the hall into the Physics Department's lounge with a couple of computers, the current periodicals, and not much else. Services provided during this time included paging books for non key-holding users. Two unexpected events were the development of mold in two classrooms, requiring the cleaning of some 1700 books, and the collapse of a stack range during the move back into the library. However, the library reopened on September 3, 1997, just one day after classes resumed.
During the winter intersession, the circulation area is to be renovated. The purpose of this renovation is to provide a more efficient work space, to gain two additional staff work stations, and to build a lowered desk section for handicapped access. The front desk will be replaced and moved. Built-in cabinets and counter space will be installed along the side and back walls. The wiring of this area will be redone once again, removing dangerous cables from the middle of the floor.
The staff and most users have enjoyed the new facilities, particularly
admiring the front door.
Last modified: 2-Feb-99