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USU Eastern Library closes for needed remodeling

Library staff member Geoff Vogel sits amid only a few of the thousands of books the staff and other help moved from the upstairs stacks at the USU Eastern Library to allow construction to go on. The facility will be closed from July 15-Aug.21, but services will still be provide from Room 112 in the Reeves Building.

By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

Time passes by very quickly.

It seems just yesterday that the USU Eastern Library moved into a newly remodeled building and things were good again. But that was in the 90s and things are very different now.

One of those things is fire suppression. This summer the library, which was originally opened in 1968 as part of the center of the College of Eastern Utah campus, will get a water sprinkling system. There will also be a lot of work done done on the heating and cooling system for the facility as well.

However once officials looked at what needed to be done they found out there was a problem.

Asbestos.

When the building was remodeled in the 1990s it was done largely for stabilization of the structure which was being affected by an underground stream that passes beneath the campus. A lot was accomplished, but the overhead part of the building was not really touched.

Now, with this new construction, the asbestos needs to be removed.

In the first remodel, the library's books were moved to the old gym that stood where the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center stands today. Thousands of books were moved by students and the staff of the college.

This time the library did not need to be completely cleaned out, but all the stacks in the upstairs of the building needed to be moved downstairs while the construction goes on. This was done by dozens of people once again.

Because of the construction the library staff will be moving too. They cannot, nor can patrons be, in the building during the work. The staff and the services they provide will be moving to the Reeves Building, setting up their offices in room 112.

There they will offer most of the library's services: online databases, internet access, reference instruction, interlibrary loans, local microfilm access and instructor reserve.

They are slated to move back into the library building on Aug. 21 just in time for fall semester.

"This summer will be a challenge," said USU Eastern Library Director Lori Brassaw. "But we are confident we can offer all of our pertinent services to our students in our temporary location."




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