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.
Preparations 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.
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 email@example.com 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.