Category Archives: Library Renovations

Updates on the Albert M. Greenfield Library renovations.

Update on Greenfield Library Renovations

Exciting news! The painting and drilling for new electrical outlets and network ports have been completed, and we have just heard that the furniture is ready to be shipped. Thank you to the students, faculty, and staff who have used the library during the renovations for your patience and understanding. It wasn’t easy to work in the library or even in offices adjacent to the library during the noisy drilling.

Once all the furniture is installed, we hope that you find that the library is a more inviting and comfortable place to work or just visit.

New Seating Area

Three ranges of shelving in the Greenfield Library have been removed to create a new seating area. See below for before and after pictures.

Before
Before
After
After
A view from the circulation desk.
A view from the circulation desk.

When the new furniture arrives, we will put four tables in this area that, as you can see, is better lit than other areas of the first floor of the library. We hope that it will provide a comfortable place for you to do your work, read, study, etc.

The renovations are continuing and we hope they will all be complete in time for the fall semester. Still to come: fresh paint, new shelving end panels, additional electrical and network ports, and a laptop bar!

Over 61,000 Books Moved!

July was a busy month for the Greenfield Library staff and student assistants who moved over 61,700 books to create additional space for seating. Many, many thanks to the student assistants, Adam Brunell and Nicole Mercurio who did more than their share of the work!

13,461 books were moved to compact shelving in the vault area of the library’s lower level and 48,295 books were shifted or removed before the shelves could be taken down. Once the shelves were removed and some were reinstalled in different locations, the books had to be reshelved. I think I can speak for the staff and students who did this work in saying that we are very happy this part of the project is finished! These efforts opened up 423 square feet of space for an additional seating area.

Nicole packing up books.
Nicole packing up books.
Books waiting to be reshelved.
Books waiting to be reshelved.
Adam reshelving books.
Adam reshelving books.

Electrical outlets and network ports will be added to the new seating area and in the lounge area for plugging in laptops, etc. and new furniture will be installed before the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester. Stay tuned for more updates!

No More Card Catalogs


The card catalogs, which have not been actively updated since 1993, are finally gone! They have been removed to make room for additional seating and a rearrangement of shelving units. Thanks to Pat Uditsky, Facilities, for removing the card catalogs and cabinets for us.

If anyone is interested in having some of the cards from the old catalog for art work, note paper, or even as memorabilia contact Carol Graney, director of libraries.

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Before
After
After
Pat removing the last cabinet.

Greenfield Library Closed July 31

The Greenfield Library will be closed on Friday, July 31, for painting. Since the first floor of the library is two stories high, lifts must be used to prepare and paint the ceiling. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we make improvements to the Greenfield Library facility. The “before” photograph shows the rusted pipes on the ceiling that must be scraped and painted. Can’t wait to share the “after” picture!

Summer Renovations in Greenfield Library

The Greenfield Library in Anderson Hall is getting a facelift this summer. Some shelving will be removed to create more seating space, additional electrical outlets and network ports will be installed, and painting will be done. In addition, we will be getting some new furniture on the first floor. This is all very exciting but there will be many inconveniences along the way. Please be patient with us and excuse our appearance as the improvements are made. We will try to keep the library open and the collections accessible as much as possible, however, there will be some closings which I will announce with as much advance notice as is possible. Stay tuned!