The construction project’s risk mitigation and security plan requires a “Falling Object Protection Area” that will fence off the perimeter of the Howard-Tilton building. The plan will temporarily relocate the library's main entrance and access ramp to the Freret Street side of its 1st floor Learning Commons area.
Work on the temporary entrance began in early October. The current main entrance will continue to provide primary access to and exit from the building, until a switchover to the temporary entrance is made after the end of the fall 2012 exam period. The primary construction work on the 5th and 6th floor addition is expected to begin after Christmas.
Also in October, two lots owned by the university behind and on the west side of the Howard-Tilton building, at 7008 and 7016 Zimple Street, will be cleared and fenced off to be used for construction staging.
Another project preliminary to the construction will be a precautionary relocation of Latin American Library (LAL) rare collections. These materials in the LAL closed stacks area on the 4th floor will be relocated, likely beginning in December, to temporary secure shelving at the library’s off-site facility at 900 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway. Researchers will be able to use the material in a supervised reading room there.