Locations FAQ



Follow the links for information on library service locations during the Shain Library renovations.  

Library Services | Labs & Study Spaces | Computers & Printing/Scanning | Parking/Traffic/Grounds/Noise | Archives & Special Collections  | Events Chu Room | Instructional Technology & Media | Blue Camel Café | IT Service Desk


Library Services


Where will the library be based during the renovations, and what hours will it be open?

For the renovation period (academic year 2014-15), most library services will be offered in Ernst Common Room, located on the first floor of Blaustein Humanities Center. There you'll find the circulation desk, where you can check out and return materials, and pick up reserve and interlibary loan items. There will also be a temporary reference desk in that room, offering the same reference services to which you are accustomed. The hours in Ernst Common Room will be the same as those provided in Shain: during the semester, the hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. For further information, visit the library's "hours and directions" page.

How will I find books and movies?

To check the availability of books or materials that normally are housed in Shain Library, you can use the library catalog just as you did prior to the renovation. The difference is that during the renovation, you'll place an online request for these materials in the library catalog and then pick them up in the temporary library services space located in Blaustein's Ernst Common Room. (There will be daily delivery of materials; you will place a request by a certain time in order to pick up your materials at a certain time. Library staff are reviewing the new procedures in order to create that schedule. It will be posted as soon as it is available.)

Where can I check out books, movies, reserve items and interlibrary loan materials?

After you've placed an online request for a book or movie, these items can be checked out in the temporary library space in Blaustein's Ernst Common Room. At the circulation desk, you can check out books, movies or reserve items; you can pick up interlibrary loan (ILL) materials or items requested via the CTW consortium at the ILL office, which is located right next to the circulation desk. You can also return items to these respective desks when you're finished with them.

Where will the reference desk be?

During the renovations, the reference desk will be located in the temporary library space in Blaustein's Ernst Common Room, where the temporary circulation desk will also be located. As was the case prior to the renovation, the desk will be staffed by professional librarians who will be able to provide research help as well as answer any questions you may have about where and how to find materials, services, equipment or study spaces. Also, you can use our reference chat service (found at http://conncoll.libanswers.com/), to access these services remotely.

Will reference librarians be available by text message? What about by chat? By email?

Yes, yes and yes! There is an existing chat service that you will be able to access during open reference hours. Use the chat link found at http://libraries.conncoll.edu (on the right side of the page) to get started. You can also visit our "Ask a Librarian" page, which provides additional information about finding us via email (refdesk@conncoll.edu), text (860-787-5001), phone (860-439-2655, x2655 from a campus phone), or in person. Finally, you can schedule a research consultation for in-person help.

Will interlibrary loan be affected (i.e., will it take longer to get ILL materials)?

It will take approximately the same amount of time as it did before: up to two days for a journal article, up to two days for a book requested through the CTW Consortium, and one to two weeks for a book requested through interlibrary loan. The main difference is that you'll pick up and return items to the temporary circulation desk or the interlibrary loan office, both of which are located in Blaustein's Ernst Common Room.

Will Greer Music Library still be open?

Yes. Greer Music Library is not being renovated and will be open with the same materials and services it has always provided. Greer will also have extra computer workstations until Shain Library reopens.


Labs & Study Spaces


During the Shain Library renovations, where can I study?

The following alternative study spaces have been identified as study spaces when they are not in use for classes or College events. Blaustein — along with any of its classrooms that are not in use at a given time — will be open extended hours during the renovation to provide additional study opportunities.

  • Blue Camel Café (located during renovations in the Blaustein Faculty Lounge)
  • Classrooms, when not in use. (During the renovations, students will have access to an online search mechanism to find available classrooms.)
  • Coffee Closet and adjacent lounge
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Cro 1941 Room
  • Cro Alice Johnson Room
  • Cro Connection
  • Cro's Nest
  • Cro's Nest Lobby
  • Oasis Snack Shop
  • Cro Room 224
  • Greer Music Library
  • Hillel House Living Room
  • Lambdin Game Room
  • LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Main Street Atrium
  • Manwaring Gallery, Cummings
  • Residence Hall Common Rooms
  • Ruane's Den
  • Unity House PepsiCo Room
  • Women's Center

Visit the campus scheduling website to determine when the spaces listed above are available for studying. From the “Browse” drop-down menu, select “Browse for Space.” If a room is unavailable for a given time period, it will be marked by a blue bar."

Will there be enough study space, especially during finals?

Yes. The areas identified above will be available as study space when not in use for classes or College events. Many buildings will be open extended hours during the renovation to provide more opportunities for students to study in them. And before and during finals, additional areas will be reserved as dedicated study spaces. (Those locations will be communicated to students in advance of finals.)

During the renovations, will there be an equivalent to the second floor of Shain Library (which is typically "quiet space") and/or the third floor of Shain Library (which is typically "silent space")?

You can refer to the question above about study spaces to locate the numerous spaces on campus that will be available for studying. While there will not be any spaces that will be officially designated as quiet or silent, once the renovations begin, we will be working to identify spaces that tend to be quieter than others, and then recommending those spaces to students who ask about quiet places to work. Remember, too, that the library staff does not "police" the noise on either the second or third floor of Shain Library; rather, students who are studying in these spaces help to control the noise level themselves, by requesting others around them to respect their need for quiet study. We are asking students to utilize similar strategies in the temporary spaces, and for everyone to be respectful of those who are trying to study in rooms that have been designated as study spaces.

Where will the computer labs be located?

Two of the three computer labs that are located in Shain will relocate during the renovation. The Neff Lab (located on the library's second floor) will relocate to Main Street East. The PC Classroom (in Shain's basement) will relocate to the Knowlton Dining Room. The third computer lab in Shain, the Davis Classroom, will simply be offline — it will not be relocated elsewhere.

I'm worried that my access to printers may be limited by the renovations. Will there be fewer printers in the library's temporary space in Blaustein than there normally are in Shain?

During the renovations, there will be the same number of printers on campus as there were before the start of renovations. The difference will be that the printers will be dispersed in various spaces on campus. This will actually create the potential for the printers to be closer to you!

The Canon multi-function devices (MFD) usually located in Shain Library can be found in other spaces on campus during the renovations. They are:

• Two black and white (B&W) MFDs and one color MFD will be located on the first floor of Blaustein
• One B&W MFD will be located in Knowlton
• One B&W MFD will be located in Main Street East
• One B&W MFD will be located in Greer Music Library to support increased capacity

And remember, from anywhere on campus, you can use the uniFLOW system to print documents on your choice of 20 multi-function devices that also copy and scan. For a list of these devices, visit the Printing Services page on CamelWeb and look for the document titled "Printing, Scanning & Copying on Canon Devices."

Which computer labs will I be able to schedule for classes or workshops?

Either of the two computer labs (Neff, in Main Street, or PC Classroom, in the Knowlton Dining Room) can be scheduled for classes.

How will I reserve one of the computer labs?

The process for reserving a lab will be the same as it was prior to the renovations: contact Kathy Gehring at 860-439-5225 or via email, Jessica McCullough at 860-439-2386 or email jmccull1@conncoll.edu, or Diane Creede at 860-439-5145 or email decre@conncoll.edu.

Where will staff do computer training?

Staff computer training will relocate to Room 215 in Cro during the renovations.

IT Service Desk

 

Where will the IT Service Desk be located?

While the library is being renovated, the IT Service Desk will be located in the basement of Hamilton Hall during the day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). To access the basement, go to the east side of Hamilton and walk down the staircase on the right and through the door at the bottom. The IT Service Desk will be straight ahead. (The offices for custodial services are on the left.) The basement is also accessible from an elevator in Hamilton.

During evening hours, the IT Service Desk will provide service on the first floor of Blaustein, near Media Services and the library's temporary facilities in the Ernst Common Room (refer to the IT Service Desk's Web page for current hours of operation).

Also, you'll be able to contact the IT Service Desk by phone (860-439-HELP) or Google Chat (help@conncoll.edu), or submit a computer issue or service request online at http://webhelpdesk.conncoll.edu.

 


Parking/Traffic/Grounds/Noise


Will the renovation affect parking, traffic or access to other buildings?

The majority of construction work will be inside the library, so we don't expect it to significantly impact traffic or parking on campus. There will be some demolition and construction that takes place on the outside of the building; however, we hope that most of this work will be done during the summer to minimize disruption to traffic and parking.

Will there be a lot of noise on campus? At what times of day?

The majority of construction work will be inside the library, so we don't expect the renovations to cause excessive noise. There will be some demolition and construction work taking place on the outside of the building; however, we hope that most of this work will be done during the summer to minimize noise-related disruptions to classes and studying.

Will the renovations impact the grounds around the library?

Yes. Several smaller trees will be removed, but important specimen trees will be pruned only. Fencing will be used to protect the remaining trees during construction. New trees and shrubs will be planted after construction, and lawn areas will be restored.

Will the renovations follow sustainability practices?

Yes. The renovation project will incorporate the following procedures found on the LEED certification checklist:

  • Reusing the existing building rather than demolishing and building a new one, which is one of the single biggest aspects of sustainable design
  • Reusing existing walls, floors, ceilings and finishes where applicable
  • Recycling construction waste — the contractor notes that 90 percent of the construction debris will be diverted from landfills
  • Using materials with recycled content
  • Using locally sourced materials where possible
  • Using low-VOC (volatile organic compound) materials, including adhesives and paints

Archives & Special Collections


Will the archives and special collections be open for research?

Yes. Researchers will be required to make appointments at least 24 hours in advance and will need to be escorted to the reading room. We will not be able to accommodate walk-in researchers during construction. To make an appointment, contact Ben Panciera, director of special collections and archives, at 860-439-2654 or email bpancier@conncoll.edu, or Becky Parmer, College archivist, at 860-439-2686 or email rparmer@conncoll.edu. During July and August 2014 there may be periods in which staff and researchers may not be able to gain access to collections. Please contact us well in advance if you are planning research for this summer.

Will materials in the archives and special collections still be available? If so, in what forms?

Materials will continue to be accessible upon 24 hours' notice. Whenever possible, we will scan and deliver materials electronically at patrons' request.

Will we be able to have our classes come into the archives and special collections?

Although classes will not be able to come into the archives and special collections, we can bring materials to the classroom whenever it is feasible. To arrange a class, contact Ben Panciera, director of special collections and archives, at 860-439-2654 or email bpancier@conncoll.edu, or Becky Parmer, College archivist, at 860-439-2686 or email rparmer@conncoll.edu. We regret that we will not be able to offer classes to off-campus groups during renovation.

Will I be able to submit things to the archives, or should I hold onto them?

Will historic documents still be properly preserved?

We will continue to accept donations during the renovation.

Yes. The Linda Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives is on a separate climate control system from the rest of Shain Library, and the historic documents contained within it will not be affected by the renovation.

Will I be able to hold meetings in the Palmer Room during the renovations?

No, the Palmer Room (along with the library's two other meeting spaces, the Haines Room and the Chu Room) will not be available for scheduled meetings during the renovations. The Office of Events and Catering can suggest alternate spaces in which to hold events or meetings.


Events


Where can I plan to hold lectures or events?

As usual, anyone who plans to host an event on campus should work with the Office of Events and Catering to find space that fits the needs of the event.

Because the renovations will reduce the number of spaces available for events, contact the events office as soon as possible to find and reserve space for your event.

Please understand that the events office staff will make every effort to accommodate you, and try to be flexible with your dates and times when possible.

Will I be able to hold events in the Chu Room?

No, the Chu Room will unavailable during renovations. The Office of Events and Catering can suggest alternate spaces in which to hold events.

Will I be able to hold events or meetings in the Haines Room or Palmer Room?

No. Neither the Haines Room nor the Palmer Room will be available for events during the renovations. The Office of Events and Catering can suggest alternate spaces in which to hold events or meetings.

Will the renovations affect Floralia?

Yes. The amphitheater will serve as a construction staging area during the renovations. The Student Activities Council and the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Education will work to identify the new location on campus.


Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room


Will I be able to hold events in the Chu Room?

No, the Chu Room will be unavailable during renovations. The Office of Events and Catering can suggest alternate spaces in which to hold events.

Will the Chu Room be changed by the renovation?

No. The Chu Room is already one of the most beautiful spaces on campus and it will not undergo any changes during the library renovation.


Instructional Technology & Media


Where will the Digital Scholarship and Curriculum Center be located?

The Digital Scholarship & Curriculum Center (formerly the Digital Curriculum Center) will relocate for the 2014-15 academic year to the former Visual Resources Library, located in Cummings 212.

Where will the Advanced Technology Lab be located?

For the 2014-15 academic year, you'll be able to access services provided by the Advanced Technology Lab at the temporary Digital Scholarship & Curriculum Center, located in Cummings 212.

Where will Media Services be located?

Media Services has already moved to a new permanent location, on the first floor of Blaustein Humanities Center.

What about the video viewing areas? Where I can I watch videotapes or DVDs?

To view either VHS videotapes or DVDs, you can utilize the viewing spaces located in the Language & Culture Center, which is just adjacent to the library's temporary quarters in Ernst. Also, to watch DVDs (with headphones, preferably) you can use any one of the computer workstations located in the Blaustein corridor or in the faculty lounge, which will be the temporary home of the Blue Camel Café.

Will the renovation affect the Language & Culture Center?

The Language & Culture Center is not affected by the renovation; it will remain in its present location (in Blaustein) during and after the renovation.

Blue Camel Café

 

Where will the Blue Camel Café be located?

For the academic year 2014-15, the Blue Camel Café will move from its location in Shain's lower level to the Faculty Lounge, on the first floor of Blaustein Humanities Center. It will share the space with the library's collection of current newspapers and some open-access work stations.

 


Computers & Printing/Scanning


Where can I print documents?

There will be printers in Blaustein, as well as in the two temporary computer labs, in Main Street East and the Knowlton Dining Room.

Where can I find open-access computer work stations?

There will be open access work stations in the following locations:

  • Ten work stations will be located in the Blaustein lobby, near the library's temporary facilities in Ernst Common Room.
  • Five stations will be located in the hallway leading to Ernst.
  • Eight work stations will be located in the Faculty Lounge on the first floor of Blaustein (also the temporary home of the Blue Camel Café).
  • Fourteen work stations will be located in the Greer Music Library, in the lower level of Cummings.
  • There will be open-access workstations in the two temporary computer labs, which can be used when a class is not scheduled: 17 in the temporary Neff Lab (in Main Street East) and 21 in the temporary PC Classroom (in the Knowlton Dining Room).

Where will the computer labs be located?

The Neff Lab (located on the library's second floor) will relocate to Main Street East. The PC Classroom (in Shain's basement) will relocate to the Knowlton Dining Room. The third computer lab in Shain, the Davis Classroom, will simply be offline — it will not be relocated elsewhere.

I'm worried that my access to printers may be limited by the renovations. Will there be fewer printers in the library's temporary space in Blaustein than there normally are in Shain?

During the renovations, there will be the same number of printers on campus that there were prior to the start of construction. The difference will be that the printers will be dispersed in various spaces on campus. This will actually create the potential for the printers to be closer to where you are! So while the library's temporary quarters in Blaustein will have three printers — fewer than the six that are normally found in Shain — the rest of Shain's printers will be relocated to other spaces, including the temporary computer labs in Main Street East and the Knowlton Dining Room. We are still working out the specifics of some of these printer locations, but will communicate them in detail when the plans have been finalized.

And remember, from anywhere on campus, you can use the uniFLOW system to print documents on your choice of 20 multi-function devices that also copy and scan. For a list of these devices, visit the Printing Services page on CamelWeb and look for the document titled "Printing, Scanning & Copying on Canon Devices."

Which computer labs will have scanning services?

For casual scanning needs, you can use the Canon multi-function devices (printers/scanners/copiers) in Blaustein or in the computer labs in Main Street East or the Knowlton Dining Room. (To see the location of all multi-function devices, visit the Printing Services page on CamelWeb and look for the document titled "Printing, Scanning & Copying on Canon Devices."

For more complicated projects, you can utilize the Digital Scholarship & Curriculum Center, which will relocate to Cummings 212 (the former Visual Resources Library) for the renovation year.

Will the temporary spaces (e.g., Blaustein) have sufficient wifi or Ethernet coverage, and enough wall plugs?

Yes, Blaustein will be sufficiently equipped with Internet access and wall plugs for the number of work spaces available.

Which computer labs will I be able to schedule for classes or workshops?

Either of the two computer labs (Neff, in Main Street, or PC Classroom, in the Knowlton Dining Room) can be scheduled for classes.

How will I reserve one of the computer labs?

The process for reserving a lab will be the same as it was prior to the renovations: contact Kathy Gehring at 860-439-5225 or email kmgeh@conncoll.edu, Jessica McCullough at 860-439-2386 or email jmccull1@conncoll.edu, or Diane Creede at 860-439-5145 or email decre@conncoll.edu.

Where will staff do computer training?

Staff computer training will relocate to Room 330 in Cro during the renovations.

What about the video viewing areas? Where can I watch videotapes or DVDs?

To view either VHS videotapes or DVDs, you can utilize the viewing spaces located in the Language & Culture Center, which is just adjacent to the library's temporary quarters in Ernst. Also, to watch DVDs (with headphones, preferably) you can use any one of the computer workstations located in the Blaustein corridor or in the faculty lounge, which will be the temporary home of the Blue Camel Café.