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Library collections on the move

Posted on March 18, 2013

In preparation for the June opening of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, a systematic move of collections has begun.

“Throughout this transition we are dedicated to providing access to needed materials,” said University Libraries Dean Lee Van Orsdel. “Library staff will work to obtain items, if needed, through the interlibrary loan service.”

Access to the Grand Rapids storage collection has been closed. These are the less requested items that will be moved to the Allendale Campus in April for loading into the new library’s automatic retrieval system.

The majority of the books in Zumberge will remain accessible throughout winter semester. A limited number will be moved to the fourth floor as part of a staging for the move, and their temporary location will be updated in the online catalog. Later in the semester, some of these items will be removed from circulation entirely. The fourth floor staging also results in limited access to items located there, such as print journals, government documents, indexes and microfilm.

Zumberge will close April 27, following the April 26 opening of the satellite library in the Kirkhof Center Thornapple Room. Hours will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with limited Saturday and Sunday hours. Features will include course reserve services, a document delivery/interlibrary loan pick-up station, small circulating collections requested by faculty for spring classes, and library staff assistance. Printing and scanning services will be available in campus computer labs.

A Sneak Peek of the new library is planned for students on April 17. Library staff will continue moving collections in May and June from Zumberge to the Pew Library. A Formal Dedication for donors, faculty, staff and retirees is planned for September 3, and a Community Open House will be held September 7.

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