Areas of the book stacks on the 2nd and 3rd floors during evening hours on the Freret Street side of the library will be available only for staff-escorted access starting tonight and lasting for about a week.
This temporary restriction is related to the construction work that will build shear wall vertical concrete slabs running from the 2nd floor to the top of the existing building within the emergency stairwells at each end of the library building and behind one of the marble panels in its central stairwell.
During the periods of restricted access this week, the contractor will place caution tape around the affected areas. Collections beyond the tape can still be retrieved or even browsed but, because of fire codes, only when accompanied by a staff member to ensure that general library users are within the restricted space only temporarily. These periods of restricted access are expected to end once alarms are installed on some doors that will be configured to provide alternative paths of emergency egress, which should be completed by the end of the week.
Signs will be placed near the caution tape that say, “Escorted access only. See staff at the Check Out counter in the 1st floor Learning Commons.” In other words. library users wishing to use collections behind the tape are asked to inquire at the Check Out counter in the 1st floor Learning Commons where someone will be assigned to accompany the user into the stacks. Staff from the Music & Media Center will also provide escorts for music collection on the 3rd floor.
Faculty will not be restricted from using carrels assigned to them within these caution taped zones.