“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks go!” wrote American journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet, Christopher Morley. Like flowers bursting into bloom, we are beginning the herculean task of preparing for our renewal as the future Academic Commons at Penrose Library.
On Monday, April 18th movers arrived early to begin re-locating the collection to the off-campus climate-controlled storage facility at the Hampden Center. Microforms, government documents, bound journals, and lower-use books are the first to go. Movers can be seen hauling books constantly between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. The first part of the move will continue through this week, with an estimated end date of April 30th.
Because the lower-use materials are moving first, chances are slim that study will be affected. However, should you have any trouble locating books or other materials in the affected areas during this springtime disruption, be sure to use the “Request it” button in the Penrose library catalog. The “Request it” button can be used either for materials that are located in the Hampden Center or for those that are still here in Penrose Library. In either case, paging systems are in place to retrieve your materials within a few hours. And, of course, the fine and knowledgeable folks at the Access Services Desk and the Research Center are happy to help with your requests as usual.
Once construction actually begins in July, we will create a study location using the Driscoll Ballroom and Gallery space surrounded by academic support services, re-creating the main floor of Penrose library. This will include a pick-up desk for books as well as the Research Center, the Writing Center, the Math Center, and a computer lab. Other services, including Special Collections, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Writing Program faculty offices, will relocate to Aspen Hall (currently called Aspen Apartments, map). The UTS computer help desk will be relocated to the UTS building (at 2100 S. High Street, map) and the Quick Copy Center will be relocated to the Bookstore.
Penrose Library is a dynamic place where change is most definitely in the air. We thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding during this exciting time of rejuvenation.