Update, April, 2013:
Phase 1 of the Library renovation is nearing completion, and we are excited to announce that we anticipate opening the new upper level of the library on Friday, April 26th. The lower level will close at the end of the day on Thursday, April 25th, and we will reopen in the new space the next morning. The new entrance will be on the 3rd floor of the SRC on the landing at the top of the south side glass wall staircase where the BIC and SRC meet.
The Library is undergoing a major renovation beginning in the summer of 2012. The bad news is that we will need to close one floor at a time to accommodate the construction. The good news is that all of our services and materials will be available throughout the construction process with a few limited exceptions. The really good news is that in about 18 months we will have a shiny new library to share with you!
Below you will find information to help guide you through the ins and outs of what is happening and how you can find the Library materials you need to carry you through the renovations without, we hope, too much inconvenience. While there may be occasional days when certain materials or services are not available, we hope to have all of our materials and services available on some scale throughout the renovation process. We will keep you updated on the latest happenings here and on the Library blog. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, call the Reference Desk at 630-942-3364, and someone will be happy to answer your question.
- What’s the timeline for the renovation?
- What is being renovated?
- What will be new after the renovations?
- Can I still check out books during construction?
- How can I get books located in OCC during Phase 1 of construction?
- Where will I find Library materials other than books?
- What are your hours?
- Where can I get into the Library?
- Will I be able to study in the Library?
- Will there still be computers in the Library?
What's the timeline for the renovation?
Phase 1: July 27, 2012-April 2013; upper level closed.
Renovations begin on July 27th when upper level of the Library will close to begin moving out collections, furniture and staff. Between July 27th and August 5th, access to materials will be spotty. Reference staff will be available that week to retrieve books that are not in transit, but there will be times when materials will not be accessible. We encourage you to check out materials you need before July 27th so you don't get stranded. After August 6th, materials will be located in their temporary locations and will once again be available for check-out.
Phase 2: May 2013-January 2014; upper level reopens; lower level closed.
All collections move to the upper level of the library. Of course, as with any construction project, there may be delays and changes to the schedule. We will keep you posted with the latest schedule as we move forward.
What is being renovated?
The Library will be completely renovated from the inside out with no corner left untouched. The HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems will all be updated. Walls will be moved. We will have new lighting and furniture. Classrooms are being updated with the latest technology. We are adding additional entrances, group rooms, a media editing lab and a quiet computing lab. These changes and additions will help make the Library more user-friendly, comfortable and flexible to accommodate the needs of students now and in the future.
What will be new after the renovations?
The Library will have three entrances to better connect with other parts of campus. The main entrance will remain where it is, and we are adding two entrances on the upper level: one in the southeast corner of the Library where SRC and BIC intersect and one to connect us to the Academic Computing Center.
There will be more group study rooms of various sizes with technology that will allow users to collaborate on laptops using large screens. One new classroom will be available as a quiet computer lab when it isn’t needed for classes.
The Computer Support and Printing Center will house a media editing lab where students can collaborate on multimedia projects and perfect their presentations.
What won’t change is the access you’ve always had to books, movies, audiobooks, magazines, ebooks, databases, expert library staff, and zones for collaboration and quiet study.
Can I still check out books during construction?
Yes! For phase 1, the General Collection is moving to closed stacks in the OCC building on west campus. Except for the days that they are being boxed, moved and reshelved, General Collection materials will be available for check-out. In Phase 2, the books will be returned to their permanent location on the upper level and will be available for browsing and checking out.
How can I get books located in OCC during Phase 1 of construction?
There are three options for getting these materials:
Go to the Library’s temporary Circulation Desk in OCC 135 and request the book in person. A staff member will retrieve it for you while you wait.
- Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am-7:30 pm
- Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
- Saturday: 10 am-4 pm
- Sunday: 12 pm-4 pm
Order the book online for pick-up at the main Library or OCC:
Request your book in advance and we will pull it for you and have it waiting for you to pick up at the Main Library Circulation Desk or in OCC 135. Requested materials will be delivered to their designated location on weekdays within 48 hours of the request, and they will often be delivered earlier than that. Items are delivered once each weekday at the Main Campus Library and OCC 135 Library Annex. The Main Library delivery is at approximately 10 am, and the OCC delivery is at approximately 1 pm. There is no delivery on Saturdays or Sundays.
You can use the delivery schedule to determine the likely time your items will be available for pick-up based on the request time. Once the item is pulled, items traveling from the Main Library to OCC should be available in OCC 135 on the same day. Items traveling from OCC to the Main Library should be available at the Main Library Circulation Desk the following morning. Delivered items will be held in their designated pick-up location for one week from the date of request.
Please be aware that staff need adequate time to pull requested items from the shelf and process them for delivery. Items requested close to the pick-up time may miss that day’s pick-up and get picked up the following day.
We encourage you to call the Circulation Desk at 630-942-2106 to ask if your item is ready for pick-up.
Mail it to your home:
From the online catalog you can request to have the book mailed to you. The cost is $2 per book, and it takes a few days for the book to be pulled, mailed, and arrive at your door. You are responsible for returning the book to the Library either in person or through the mail.
Where will I find Library materials other than books?
For Phase 1 (August 2012-April 2013), most of what isn’t moving to OCC will be on the Library’s lower level. Here’s the rundown of where things will be located in Phase 1:
- General Collection books and other general collection materials such as VHS tapes, etc.
Library lower level:
- New books
- Journals and magazines
- Microfilm and microfiche
- Rental DVDs and VHS tapes
- Reference Collection
- CCIC Collection
- Graphic novels
- Trade paperbacks
- Juvenile collection
- Music CDs and LPs
During Phase 2, all materials will return to the main Library with the following exception:
- Bound periodicals will be in storage for both phases, but Library staff can help you find articles in our databases or order articles through interlibrary loan.
What are your hours?
The Main Library’s hours will remain the same as they are now. See the Library Hours & Calendar page.
Where can I get into the Library?
For Phase 1 the main entrance will remain open, so you can enter the Library from the 2nd floor of the SRC building as usual. For Phase 2, you can enter through the new upper level entrances. One entrance will be on the 3rd floor at the intersection of the BIC and SRC buildings. The other new entrance will be on the 3rd floor near the main staircase and connects the Library to the Academic Computing Center.
Will I be able to study in the Library?
Study space will be tight, especially in Phase 1, but we are adding as many study carrels and tables as can comfortably fit on the lower level to accommodate as many people as we can. Phase 1 may also get noisy with all of the people, materials and activities in a condensed area. And some construction noise is sure to seep in from upstairs. We will work hard to maintain an atmosphere that encourages quiet collaboration. We will also have the quiet study room available.
Will there still be computers in the library?
Yes! The Computer Support and Printing Services Center will stay in place for Phase 1. For Phase 2, we will have a small computer lab in one of our new classrooms on the upper level.