As you may be aware, the compact shelving on the library’s first floor has been inoperable for almost two and a half years. We have been seeking to replace or repair the shelving, but the cost is prohibitive. We recognize that the print journals housed within the compact shelving are still of interest to library patrons, but unfortunately, we can only allow staff to retrieve these items.
As a result, we have decided to remove seating and construct open shelving to make these journals more accessible. Open shelving will be constructed in several areas on the first floor to accommodate the over 4,000 shelves of pre-1985 periodicals. (If you require further assistance obtaining the volumes, the Library Service Desk is more than willing to assist you further.) Our current plan is to create a single sequence of historical and more current volumes. This will require moving some seating. Some furniture in these areas will be shifted from the first floor to other floors of the building for continued patron use.
Moving the volumes from the compact shelving to the open shelves will occur during spring and summer 2019 and will be completed by the beginning of the fall semester. Please contact Susan Basye in the Dean’s Office if you have questions concerning this project.