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Open House provides look at new Library Facility

November 16th, 2012 by Julie Sharkey

The Library will host an Open House on December 4thfrom 3 – 5 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the new Syracuse University Library Facility (SULF), located adjacent to the Hawkins building on Jamesville Avenue. The event will include guided tours of the vault and processing areas and demonstrations of equipment and technology tools.

The 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art storage facility will house less-used library materials close at hand in a climate-controlled environment that will significantly extend the life of those materials. It will also enable the Library to continue to build research collections that serve the immediate and long term scholarly needs of the user community by freeing up space in campus libraries for new acquisitions and new purposes.

The Facility is designed to make the most efficient use of space, operating with a warehousing software system and compact shelving. Books are stored by size rather than call number and shelves are arranged to accommodate the maximum number of books per shelf.  It is estimated that the Facility will hold over one million volumes, allowing for expansion over the next several years.

For most materials, the Classic Catalog will indicate when an item is located at the Facility and provide an online form for users to request delivery.  The Library to Go service offers same-day or next-day delivery to faculty offices or campus libraries; articles will be delivered electronically.  Those needing to consult a large volume of materials may arrange to use the on-site conference room.

For more information on this event, contact Julie Sharkey at 443-8782 or jsharkey@syr.edu.

Library breaks ground on new facility

October 11th, 2011 by Julie Sharkey

On a lovely fall Friday, October 7, at 2:30 p.m., Dean of Libraries Suzanne Thorin presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Syracuse University Library Facility on Jamesville Avenue, adjacent to the Hawkins Building. A stand-room-only crowd of over 100 faculty, students, and staff were in attendance to celebrate the occasion.

In addition to Thorin, speakers included Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina, David Nutting, Chairman and CEO of VIP Structures, Inc., the firm that will construct the facility; James Watts, chair of the Humanities Council and professor of religion; Judy Mower, SU Trustee and member of the Library Advisory Board; and Melissa Welshans, president of the Graduate Student Organization.

The Board of Trustees approved the Library’s plan to construct the facility last May, with construction expected to be completed by fall 2012.

The 20,000 square foot building will house approximately 1.2 million volumes and will include a processing area and conference room. An ideal environment of constantly maintained temperature and humidity (50 degrees and 35% relative humidity) will significantly extend the life of materials in the facility. Most important, this facility will enable the library to support the long-term research needs of the faculty by providing space for collections growth.

The Library reached full capacity for housing collections several years ago and had already relocated some materials to the Hawkins Building and to the Warehouse downtown. Collections in these locations will be consolidated in the new facility.

Syracuse University to build Library Facility on South Campus

May 19th, 2011 by Julie Sharkey

The Syracuse University Board of Trustees recently approved the Library’s plan to construct the South Campus Library Facility (SCLF), a high density storage facility to be located adjacent to the Hawkins Building on Jamesville Avenue. The design-development phase of the project will begin immediately, with construction expected to be completed in 2012.

The 20,000 square foot building will house approximately 1.6M volumes and will include a processing area and conference room. The Library will use the facility to house low-use materials, including books, microforms, special collections, and older volumes of journals. Deliveries of materials to the campus will take place daily. A constantly maintained ideal environment of controlled heat/humidity (50 degrees and 35% relative humidity) will significantly extend the life of materials in the facility. Most important, this facility will enable the library to support the long-term research needs of the faculty by providing space for collections growth.

There are more than 50 facilities of this type throughout the nation, including those in operation at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Princeton, University of California, Wake Forest, and Yale.

“We are all thrilled that the campus will move ahead to build this critical facility. Special thanks to the faculty and students who advocated for additional library shelving capacity and to the Chancellor and Provost for supporting the Library,” said Suzanne Thorin, Dean of the Library and University Librarian.

The Library reached full capacity for housing collections several years ago and has already moved some materials to the Hawkins Building and to the Warehouse downtown. Stacks in Bird Library are 98% full and ancillary shelving space in Hawkins and the Warehouse has reached full capacity. Materials from these locations will be consolidated into the new facility upon its completion.

For more information on this project, contact TC Carrier at 443-8456 or tecarrie@syr.edu.