Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New 5th and 6th Floors Opened

The new 5th and 6th floors have been opened and they are now accessible to library users via unrestricted access from the library's elevators and its central stairwell.

Staff members from the former temporary Music & Media Center on the library's 4th floor and the former temporary Microforms | Newspapers area on the 2nd floor have been moved into place to staff a new combined central service point on the 6th floor. For service hours see: and

General collections on the new 6th floor include:
  • Music & Media recordings 
  • Music books, serials, and scores (M call numbers) 
  • Art and Architecture books and serials (N call numbers) 
  • Microforms and newspapers
Rare collections on the 6th floor include the Rare Books collection formerly housed on the 7th and 5th stacks levels and room 306 at Jones Hall, as well as the Tulane’s Legacy Collection of rare titles formerly housed at the library's off-site facility at 900 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway. The Legacy Collection is still being moved into place and access to Rare Books on the 6th floor is presently by appointment only.  Contact: Kathleen McAllister ( at (504) 247-1934.

General collections on the new 5th floor include:
  • Government documents 
  • HT stacks (call numbers A – BF) 
  • Maps 
TUPD has begun patrols of the upper floors in the evenings.

The upper floors have been opened under a TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy). The temporary, conditional nature of the certificate is a formality that confirms that the construction contractor and its subcontractors are still working in many areas of the building including the uppers floors, but that the construction is substantially complete—complete enough for the library to move in and open the space for use. A considerable amount of work remains including the installation of computers and other equipment in the elevator lobbies and classrooms, as well as completion of a long list of construction-related details including electrical work, patching, painting touch-up, etc. The two classrooms on the 6th floor are currently being used for staging of computers and also carts of rare books destined for the new rare books shelves.

Today’s is a “soft opening” with broader campus wide announcements to come later.

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