Carlson Library renovations to start in May; print collection to close for summer

March 17, 2016 | Events, News, Research, UToday, Library
By Vicki L. Kroll

Phase one of Carlson Library’s multi-year renovation project is scheduled to begin Monday, May 9.

Work will start on the third and fourth floors, which will close for the summer. That means the library’s circulating books, print journals and print government documents will not be available.

“To protect the books from dust and debris, the stacks will be shrink-wrapped,” Barbara Floyd, interim director of University Libraries, said. “We need to protect those materials as the ceiling will be taken out and the carpet will be ripped up.”

Faculty members who need print items for course reserves for summer and fall or need books for research must identify the materials or check them out by Friday, May 6.

Graduate students and summer undergraduate research fellows will be allowed to borrow books over the summer, but checkouts must be made by 6 p.m. Friday, May 6.

Items on the library’s third and fourth floors will be coded as temporarily unavailable in the catalog, and patrons will be directed to request materials through the OhioLINK central catalog, according to Floyd, professor and director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.

“After May 6, we’ll be borrowing from other academic libraries all summer through OhioLINK. Patrons can request books, which will be delivered to Carlson Library for pickup,” she said. “Materials not available through OhioLINK can be obtained through our interlibrary loan department.

“Mulford, Engineering and Canaday Center collections will not be affected by the closure, and electronic resources will be available,” Floyd added. “I think Carlson Library’s book collection will be missed the most.”

There are approximately 470,000 books on the fourth floor and about 230,000 volumes on the third floor, according to Dave Remaklus, director of access services in UT Libraries.

Renovations are slated to be complete by Monday, Aug. 15; that’s one week prior to the start of fall semester.

The third and fourth floors will be painted, and new carpeting and ceilings will be installed, Floyd said.

In addition, the wall across from the elevators on the third and fourth floors will be removed. “It will all be student study space when you get off the elevators on the third and fourth floors like on the second floor,” Floyd said.

“We’re going to create a lot of group and individualized study rooms on the third and fourth floors because that’s what the students really want,” she said. “There also will be individual study carrels, and lockers will be added so people can lock up their belongings.”

Faculty, students and staff with questions about the closing of the third and fourth floors and the books, print journals and print government documents should contact Remaklus at 419.530.4030.

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