The rumors are true – the Chemistry Library will be closing for construction at the end of the Fall 2016 semester on 12/23/2016. In order to prepare for the Chemistry Building Project, the Library collections need to be moved to new locations in advance. The Library will remain closed during the two year duration of the project and will reopen in 2019 as the Chemistry Information Commons.
The Chemistry Library website will remain during this project, and it will continue to be a portal to chemical information resources as well as a source for news regarding the new building. Chemistry Librarian Ariel Andrea will also remain in the Chemistry Building and continue to provide reference, instruction, and research services. The tables, chairs, and computers in the Chemistry Library space will be available for use during the school day for the 2017 Spring Semester, but the Library will no longer be staffed and or open during specific hours. Beginning Summer 2017, the portion of the Daniels wing of the Chemistry Building that includes the library and lecture halls below will be demolished.
Course reserve materials will be relocated to College Library and Steenbock Library. Students should plan on looking for their reserves at those locations this spring. Faculty can still contact Ariel to facilitate the reserves process.
Also, the Chemistry Library will cease to be a location for picking up or returning library items. Patrons will need to visit other locations to pick up requested items or return items. Faculty and staff in the Chemistry Building may have the option to have items delivered to their mailboxes – more information will be forthcoming.
The rest of the Chemistry Library collection will be moved to Steenbock Library and various campus library storage facilities. These materials will be unavailable in the library catalog until the move is complete; the move should be complete by the end of the 2017 Spring Semester at the latest.
More information on the new Chemistry Information Commons space, the Chemistry Building Project, and library services changes will be shared here, so watch this space!