Library renovations nearly complete

Hope Austin

The Miller Nichols Library is nearly done with its second floor renovations.
The renovations focused mostly on moving the book stacks from the third and fourth floors to the second. Dean of Libraries Bonnie Postlethwaite said that this will make it easier for students to find books in the browsing collection. The IS Computer lab was closed during this process, but has since reopened.
In the meantime, the shelves on the third floor need to be dismantled and removed. The process will take place the week of Sept. 22nd.
“It will be a noisy process,” said Postlethwaite. “The contractors doing this work usually work until 3p.m. so people can schedule use of that floor accordingly. We are anxious to get it done as soon as possible so it doesn’t have to happen later in the semester.”
Despite the noise, Postlethwaite has noted that students are happy with the results.
“The improvements that result from the renovations have all been very well received by the students,” said Postlethwaite. “However, the improvements are not possible without some disruption that comes from the construction process. We try to schedule the work as much as possible to reduce noise and inconvenience, but it is not possible to do the work without some disruption.”
Miller Nichols will begin undergoing renovations on the third floor early in the spring semester. The new space will house Special Collections, allowing more room for researchers. The renovations are expected to be completed by the fall semester 2015.