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Central Library Renovation: Preparing for Moves

by Michael Colford

In late June and late July, renovation work will begin on the ceilings of the first floor/mezzanine of the Johnson Building. The work will be done in sections so that only portions of the Johnson Building will have to be closed off, but several collections will be moving into the McKim Building or to a different location in the Johnson Building during this work.

One of the most significant moves will be the Fiction collection, currently located outside of the Rey Children’s Room on the first floor of the Johnson Building. The Fiction collection will be moving to the Lower Level of the McKim building, a space that is currently not open to the public. Along with Fiction, the Large Print collection will move as will the World Language collections, currently housed on the mezzanine. This move will take place in mid-June.

Just before that, some of the collections, the computers, and the service desk in the Teen Room will be moving downstairs into the Boston Room, which is currently being used for children’s programming opposite the Borrower Services Desk. This will function as a temporary Teen Room until the new Teen Central opens in March 2015.

Another major move involves theTech Central area where computers are available for public use. This popular service will move back to the Washington Room on the second floor of the McKim Building, Longtime library users will recall that the public computers used to be in the Washington Room back in 2009 and before. This move will take place in July. In order to make room for Tech Central, the Microtext Department will be moving into Bates Hall.  In addition, new Microtext reader equipment will be installed that will provide better service for those using this format for research.

The popular DVD and CD collections will be moving in July as well. The Orientation Room is located on the first floor of the McKim Building, down the hall from the public rest rooms. This glassed in room will house the DVDs, the music CDs and the Books on CD. A second check-out desk will be activated in the McKim Lobby to accommodate the Fiction and audio-visual collections in the McKim Building.

Later in the year additional collections including new Fiction and Nonfiction, Travel and self-pick-up of books on hold will be moving into the McKim building as well.  All of these moves are subject to change, so stay tuned for additional information about these moves.

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