As we move closer to the start date for construction, the pace of preparations is picking up. Bids for the project are out and construction is slated to start on June 17th, immediately following Commencement.
The Library has now confirmed that we will be using additional temporary storage space in an off-site building that already houses some of our collections. Staff and student workers have been busy marking and measuring materials in the Library in preparation for moving them. Most of the printed volumes that are moving out of the main Library for the project will have to be boxed up, but we will continue to support retrieval services for specialized items like maps and microform materials. Staff has also been conducting a major interfiling exercise at one of our offsite annexes to support more efficient retrieval in the years to come.
All of the decisions about collection materials were informed by the UCSB Library Collections Survey that was distributed to faculty and graduate students last year. Similarly, decisions about the outfitting of certain key spaces within the Library will be made based on faculty and student engagement over the next few months. Only by truly understanding the academic and scholarly outcomes that our users desire can we provide the furniture, technology, and services that best support these objectives.
A major Library renovation taking place in a single phase while the building and services remain fully operational is almost unheard of. We are confident we can carry it off but also recognize that there will be major disruption – especially during the first six to eight months of the project. The Library is committed to preserving services wherever possible; to this end, we are currently working with campus to identify suitable surge space for student study.