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Zumberge closed, satellite library opened

  • Library staff members participated in a Book Walk ceremony
  • Library staff members Erin Fisher and Lynell De Wind move signage to temporary library in Kirkhof Center
  • Library staff members share favorite books.
  • Staff member Rita Kohram helps granddaughters Bella and Sicilia pick a favorite book from Zumberge
  • Lee Van Orsdel, University Libraries dean, leads a book walk from Zumberge to Kirkhof.
  • Lee Van Orsdel, University Libraries dean, and Carlos Rodriguez, associate dean of University Libraries Technology and Information Services, add a book to the cart of staff favorites.
  • The satellite library in the Kirkhof Center Thornapple Room will provide service during Spring Semester.

Posted on May 01, 2013

To mark the closing of Zumberge Library, its staff members were invited to a ceremony of sorts on Monday, April 29.

“I had this idea that we could each pluck a favorite book from the shelves and participate in a ceremonial walk together over to the Thornapple Room library,” said Lee Van Orsdel, University Libraries dean. About 50 library staff members participated in the brief event and took a moment to enjoy sharing titles of their favorites.

Though Zumberge Library closed its doors to patrons Friday evening, April 26, library services will continue to be provided. The Kirkhof Center Thornapple Room, just off the food court, will serve as the library’s public location until the completion of the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, scheduled to open June 24.
“We worked very closely with faculty to provide all the appropriate materials needed for spring semester including course reserves,” said Brian Merry, University Libraries head of Operations and User Services. “Students are already finding us – we had one here Friday to return a book.”

Jeffrey Daniels, head of Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services, stressed that services will continue during the transition period. “We have even included a collection of new popular fiction for summer reading,” he said.

Document delivery and an interlibrary loan pick-up station are also available at the satellite library. Staff are available to assist patrons and provide reference services.

Thornapple Room hours during spring semester are Monday through Friday from  7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For a complete list of all University Libraries hours and locations, visit

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