Friday, September 20, 2013

Construction Crews to Mobilize On Site

Brice Building Company, the contractor for the 5th and 6th floor construction project, has been given its notice to proceed, meaning that construction crews should begin mobilizing on site, behind the new perimeter safety fence, beginning Monday (Sept. 23) this coming week.

Library users and those walking by along Freret Street can expect deliveries of construction materials, equipment, and dumpsters for construction debris through the main gate into the construction zone. Work within the site will likely include site preparation, set up of storage containers, some tree trimming (not removal), and general contractor mobilization. Some noise outside the library can be expected from electric tools, trucks, chain saws, and Bobcat loaders. Each day work on the site will end by 5 pm.

Next week will also see a “kick off” construction meeting between the contractor and Tulane’s principals on the project scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rare Latin American Materials Accessible to Visitors Off-site

Beginning tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 6), library users will be able to access the rare materials of the Latin American Library at Howard-Tilton's off site facility at 900 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, which is located about two miles from Tulane's uptown campus. These materials were moved off site over the summer as a special precaution in advance of the Howard-Tilton 5th and 6th floor construction.

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An area within the off site facility has been furnished as the Off-site Latin American Library (OLAL), which will be staffed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Access to materials at the OLAL will be by appointment only. Researchers who wish to visit the OLAL should contact Latin American Library staff by noon of the previous day via e-mail at (preferred) or call the main Latin American Library office phone line (504) 865-5681. To arrange Monday visits, please notify staff by the previous Friday at 4:00 pm.

For directions from the uptown campus see the map above. Ample parking in available along the perimeter of the building. Tulane parking permits are not needed. Researchers who arrive in the morning are welcome to stay until closing (4:30 pm). For those who pack a lunch, the facility includes a lounge area with tables and chairs separate from the reading room.

In addition, the library will provide transportation to and from the OLAL on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  See the schedule below.
  • 9:00 am – Leave Uptown Campus: Meet at corner of Dixon Hall and Newcomb Boulevard
  • 12:00 pm – Leave OLAL; Arrive at Uptown Campus at 12:15 pm
  • 12-1:30 pm – OLAL closed for lunch
  • 1:30 pm – Leave Uptown Campus : Meet at corner of Dixon Hall and Newcomb Place
  • 4:30 pm – Leave OLAL; Arrive at Uptown Campus at 4:45 pm
Group visits and classroom sessions involving these special collections will continue as in the past (and can be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Instructors should contact at least two weeks in advance to arrange a group visit or session.