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Using Crerar Library during Fall Quarter

Plans are currently under development to modify the use of space within the John Crerar Library. Following renovations, the first and lower floors will be comprised of critical library space with associated research support services and selected collections, public and study spaces, and teaching/seminar spaces. These floors will also serve as a home for innovative programs around data science and data-driven discovery that will support faculty and students across the University. The upper floors of Crerar will provide space for the Department of Computer Science and associated programs.

The John Crerar LibraryPreparations for these renovations are now underway, and access to the upper two floors and the lower level of Crerar Library will be limited at various times during Fall and Winter Quarters.

During these times, the first floor of Crerar Library will remain open and library services will be available. The Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) on Crerar’s 1st Floor will remain available to users during this time.

As part of the renovation, selected materials from the collections are being temporarily moved to the Mansueto Library until a suitable long-term location is identified. The movement of materials will continue into the Winter Quarter. Materials that remain in Crerar will be located on the lower level. The moving of collections is taking place Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will produce some noise. The lower level stacks area will not be open to users during this time.  Signage in the building will notify users of spaces that are closed.

During this time, if you are unable to locate or access material in the collections that you are interested in, please consult with Crerar staff for assistance.  If the item is temporarily unavailable, Library staff will automatically request a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. Material that has been relocated to Mansueto can be requested through a link in the Library Catalog just like any other Mansueto material.

In the coming months the University will be completing plans for the John Crerar Library and the Department of Computer Science, and we look forward to sharing those details when they are available.

Jean Block Garden renovation at Regenstein

In conjunction with the Regenstein A Level project, the Jean Block Garden, located on the north side of Regenstein Library, will undergo a garden renovation project beginning Friday, August 5.  The work schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with planned completion in 6 business days, dependent upon the weather.

The renovation includes the removal of yews in the southwest corner of the garden as well as the removal of the existing gravel pathway and the steel edging.  Existing perennials around the removed yews will be transplanted within the garden.  New planting bed lines will also be created and sod will be installed.

Viewed from the 72-foot glass wall on the north side of the A Level, the renovated Block Garden will provide students and faculty working in the collaborative learning center with inspiring garden views.

Jean Block Garden 2016 Renovation

 

Regenstein A Level closed June 13 to Sept. 9 to create a collaborative learning center

Work continues this summer on a three-phase project to transform the Regenstein A Level Reading Room into an inviting and attractive collaborative learning center where students, faculty, academic technologists, and librarians can interact. Library and IT Services staff have worked with Woodhouse Tinucci Architects to create a design that will transform the floor into a vibrant laboratory of interactive learning.

From June 13 until September 9, the A Level Reading Room will be closed for phase two renovations. At the center of the floor, a broad, open area will be created, where groups can work at whiteboard panels suspended from the ceiling. Around this central zone, 10 new collaboration nooks lined with whiteboards will be built to allow four to six people to work together comfortably. Video monitors will be available in some nooks.

Last fall, during the first phase of the project, a 72-foot glass wall was installed, bringing daylight deep inside the room and providing a view of the Jean Block Garden. This summer, a new terrazzo floor and café tables will be added along the glass.

An easy-to-operate “one button” video production studio will also be added this summer, enabling students to create video essays and rehearse presentations.

In the final phase of the project, tentatively planned for summer 2017, contractors will create a 36-person active learning classroom and a technology zone, including studio space for creating web tutorials, producing webinars, and delivering online instruction.

During construction, crews will be working weekdays until approximately 4 p.m. The Library apologizes for the noise and inconvenience caused by this work.

A Level rendering

A Level rendering (courtesy of Woodhouse Tinucci)

Recordings Collection now in Mansueto

The Recordings Collection, formerly located in Regenstein Room 360, has been relocated to the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.

The Collection is now accessible all of the hours that Mansueto is open (107½ hours per week during the academic quarter), compared to the 36 hours per week the collection was formerly accessible in Regenstein Room 360.

In addition to providing longer service hours, the new location allows items in the collection to be requested at any time and from any place with an internet connection via the Library Catalog.  Material will be available for pick up within 15 minutes of the request during the open hours of Mansueto Circulation.  See “How do I request items from Mansueto?” for more information.

For users who wish to listen to recordings on site, one of the glass research cubicles in Mansueto has been converted into a listening station equipped with a CD player, turntable, cassette player and headphones. Users may request access to this new listening station at Mansueto Circulation.

For more information about the Recordings Collection, please contact Scott Landvatter, the Bibliographer for Music.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click "Request from Mansueto Library" to retrieve.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click “Request from Mansueto Library” to begin retrieval process.

Changes at Ex Libris Café

Over the March interim, three new bar-height tables, each 24 feet long, were installed in Ex Libris, the student run coffee shop located in the northeast corner of the 1st floor of Regenstein.   The new tables, with convenient access to 60 duplex power outlets, provide much-needed additional seating for café users.  They replace a number of the round three-person café tables, which have been moved to the A Level, another Regenstein meal zone, adjacent to the new glass wall.

KI Apply café stoolsEx Libris cafe logo are on order and are expected by the close of April; they will replace the temporary stools being used at the bar-height tables.

Another change in the café this quarter is a new beverage on the menu – cold nitrous infused coffee on tap.

Lastly, for those wondering whether there are now fewer sofas in the café, rest assured that the same number of sofas remain; they have just been rearranged.

Eckhart Library closed for renovations

Eckhart Library

Photo of Eckhart Library from the Archival Photofiles: http://photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu/

Eckhart Library is temporarily closed  and undergoing a major renovation and reconfiguration of the Library space spurred by the growing need for faculty offices for the Mathematics and Statistics departments. 

When the renovation is completed, later this academic year,  Eckhart Library will contain study space for students; course reserves for mathematics, computer science and statistics; and a core collection of mathematics books.  In addition to the Library renovations and reconfiguration, there will be six new offices created adjacent to the Library for Mathematics and Statistics faculty.

Monographs in the subject areas of computer science and statistics, as well as less frequently used mathematics monographs, have been moved to the Crerar Library and integrated into collection.  They are presently available in the 3rd floor stacks. All journals in mathematics, computer science and statistics are also now on Crerar’s third floor. 

The core collection of books that will be in the Eckhart Library are currently being stored at Crerar during the construction. These titles are in closed stacks and are available for paging.  These books have the location “Eckhart: Ask at Crerar Circulation” in the catalog.  To page a book from this collection contact us by phone at (773) 702-8778 or by email at eckhart-library@lib.uchicago.edu with the title and call number. We will email patrons when the books are available for pick up.  They will be held at Crerar Library circulation during our open hours.  In most cases requests will be filled on the same day.  Requests made after 7pm will be filled the next day.

Spring Mansueto Library tours for faculty, students, staff, alumni and their guests

Automated Storage and Retrieval System

Mansueto Library’s automated storage and retrieval system (Photo by John Pitcher)

Registration is now open for behind-the-scenes tours of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library for UChicago faculty, students, staff, alumni and their guests. Tours include a trip to the underground automated storage and retrieval facility and end at the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery.

Children taking the tour must be at least 10 years old, and each child under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

During Spring Quarter 2013, tours will be offered every other Friday at noon from April 12 to June 7.

Space is limited, so register early.