By Robin Herron
“The university libraries are running out of space,” says University Librarian John Zenelis, and the worst space crunch is at the Fenwick Library on the Fairfax Campus.
To help ease the space crunch and to refurbish worn-out areas, the library is beginning the first stage of renovation in the periodicals and microforms area of Fenwick Library in Wing A, which will be closed for most of the summer. The project will include replacing flooring, ceiling tiles, and lighting as well as repositioning and adding shelving and technology to improve access and service.
Other areas of Fenwick Library will undergo renovation in the future, including the reference and government documents/maps areas next academic year on the first floors of Wings B and C. The plan for this multiyear effort calls for most of the work to be performed during summer and academic intercession periods. Renovation activities are bound to cause some inconvenience, but proactive service strategies adopted by library staff will ensure that the needs of students and faculty are met, Zenelis says.
“We have no choice but to do this necessary, long-delayed work so that the available space is used more efficiently for collections growth, while other improvements will provide a better physical environment for study and research,” he says.
The summer 2002 renovations will be completed before the beginning of the fall semester. For information and progress reports on the renovation project, see the library web site’s What’s New feature.