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Summer 2020

Burke Library 1972
from a 1972 Spectator article on Burke Library construction

Thank you to all of the students, faculty and staff who have attended meetings, participated in focus groups, voted on floor plans and furniture, and much more.  We are pleased to announce that the renovation of the first floor of Burke Library will take place this summer. 

Starting on Monday, May 18, 2020, Burke Library will be undergoing both internal and external construction.  The entire first floor of the library will be remodeled.  At the same time, the front of the building (south side) will be refurbished. 

We anticipate re-gaining access to the building by the start of the Fall semester, and will post notices of the progress as necessary.  

Thank you for your patience, and we can't wait to show off when it's all finished!


Can I get into Burke Library this summer?

No.  Starting May 18, 2020, Burke Library will be closed to the public.  Circulation and Interlibrary loan will be accessible via phone or email.  The Help Desk and Research Librarians will be located in CJ102, and also available via phone or email.  Hands on technical assistance will be located in the Digital Arts Lab in the KTSA. 

How will I access library materials?

Online resources will still be available as usual. For non-online resources located in Burke, you will need to request the item and we will bring it to CJ102.  Items can be returned to CJ102 as well.

Will you be doing deliveries this summer since the building will be closed?

Probably.  We will also bring materials to CJ102 for pick up.  Items can be returned to CJ102 as well.

Can I use my faculty carrel this summer?

Yes, but you will need to enter and exit via the loading dock door in the rear of the building.  The main stairwell will be inaccessible, but the elevator and emergency stairwells on the east and west sides of the building will be available. You will need to confirm that you have card swipe access to the building.

Will there be 24 hour access to computers somewhere else?

Yes! Sadove has three Macintosh and four Windows computers available outside of college business hours.  They print to the printer on the second floor of Sadove.  

But! But! But!

Yes.  We get it.  It's going to be a challenging summer for all of us, but at the end, we will have a spectacular new space and entrance.  With patience and understanding on everyone's part, we will get through this just fine.

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