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Two upcoming projects affect access to library collections
and services this summer

Campus libraries are advising users to prepare for two projects beginning this summer that will affect access to library collections and services.

Sprinklers will be installed in the Wilson Library special collections stacks, and science library collections will locate to the Wilson Library science stacks.

Special collections disruptions
Installation of fire sprinklers in the special collections stacks will begin in late summer or early fall and continue through the 2011–12 academic year.

During the project, each of the library’s nine stack levels will be closed for six to eight weeks to protect special collections materials. The materials in each work zone will be enclosed in floor-to-ceiling protective sheeting and will remain inaccessible until the floor reopens.

People who anticipate needing specific special collections materials for research or teaching during the summer or the 2011–12 academic year should contact Wilson Library as soon as possible. Staff will make every effort to work with users to identify and make these collection materials available during the project, especially if they receive early notice.

The project is expected to cause little disruption in the reading rooms, exhibit galleries and other public areas of the library. It will not affect the Music Library or the science collections in Wilson Library.

Direct questions and requests for materials to Wilson Library (962-3765 or wilsonlibrary@unc.edu). As the project progresses, updates will be posted at library.unc.edu/wilson/research/sprinklers.html.

Science library relocations
Also this summer, collections of the Brauer Math/Physics and the Geological Sciences libraries will be consolidated with the biology and chemistry collections already in the stacks of Wilson Library. Science collections are accessible from the library’s South Road entrance, opposite the Bell tower.

The library is adding hours for the combined collections to facilitate browsing, and has purchased expanded backfiles for 42 e-journals in physics and the physical sciences to improve online access. The Carolina BLU delivery service will also continue to deliver books to faculty campus boxes, and to the library of choice for students.

Science librarians will have home offices in the newly opened Kenan Science Library in Venable Hall. They will continue to serve the departments with consultations, instruction, collection development and custom- ized services.

The project to install sprinklers in the Wilson Library special collections stacks will not affect access to or retrieval of materials from the science library stacks.

Updated information about the relocations, including move dates and contact information, will be posted at library.unc.edu. For more information, contact Carol Hunter, associate university librarian for collections and services (962-1301 or cfhunter@email.unc.edu).

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