Shain Library improvements are already underway

January 20, 2014

The bulk of the remodeling will begin this summer and continue through the 2014-15 academic year, but some work has already begun in order to move the project forward on schedule. There will be construction conducted this week on the lower level of the library and some book shifting may occur on the second and third floors as well. On Tuesday, Jan.21, contractors will be drilling and installing rails for the new compact shelving units on the lower level. Because this work will be disruptive, the library will close at 4:30 p.m. and will open again the next morning at 8 a.m.

You will find a few items have already moved:

  • The DVD/video and juvenile collections are now on the second floor.

  • The bound journal collection is temporarily split: titles beginning with the letters PE through Z are now located in compact shelving on the lower level, while journal titles beginning with the letters A through PE will remain on the third floor until additional compact shelving is constructed on the lower level during spring break.

  • Other materials have also moved. There will be signage and maps throughout the library, and assistance is always available at the reference desk and from other library staff.

Every effort is being made to minimize disruption and noise, including scheduling as much work as possible during spring break, but some projects must be done while classes are in session. Immediately before and during finals, however, all construction work in the library will be suspended.

Information and updates about the renovations will be posted throughout the life of the project on these Web pages and will be provided from Most emails about the renovations to Shain Library will come from this address, so watch for those messages in your inbox.

Library staff members are committed to providing the same outstanding level of service throughout the renovations as they always have. Please direct any questions to And please keep in mind that the renovated Shain Library will transform the campus and the life of everyone who uses it.


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