As you may be aware, the compact shelving on the library’s first floor has been broken for almost a year and a half. We have been working on replacing the shelving but the cost is prohibitive. The shelves have become too dangerous for staff to retrieve items and the print journals housed within them are still of interest to researchers. As a result, we have decided to remove seating and construct shelving to make these journals more accessible.
This spring shelving will be constructed in several main seating areas on the first floor to accommodate the over 4,000 shelves of pre-1985 periodicals. Some furniture in these areas will be shifted from first floor to other floors of the building. Selected older style furniture items will be removed that were not popular with users. All nine public computers have been relocated to the northwest and southwest corners of the first floor and will be available for use very soon. Moving the volumes from the compact shelving to the open shelves will occur over summer 2017 and will be in place by the beginning of the fall semester.
We hope this will only be temporary and that the removal of seating will be remedied in our upcoming remodel. Please contact Susan Basye in the Dean’s Office if you have questions concerning this project.