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.
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!