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Friday, June 27, 2008

UI Main Library issues flood update

The Main Library is currently closed. Before it can reopen there are several critical steps that must be completed. 

The remaining muck left by floodwaters that entered the lower level must be cleaned. And a visual inspection of this work must be approved.

The fire safety panel that was removed during the evacuation must be re-installed and operational.

Environmental safety engineers will take air samples throughout the Main Library building with extra concentration of samples from the lower level. These air samples will be sent to the lab for analysis.

Once the environmental quality assessment is a complete, a team consisting of people from UI Police/Public Safety, Facilities Management, ITS and Risk Management will collectively make the decision for re-occupancy.

Until that time, Libraries staff is working to provide the best services possible. Since the length of time before we are able re-occupy the Main Library has extended, Libraries IT staff has reinstalled critical interlibrary loan servers, which will facilitate online requesting, processing and receiving of materials that may be housed (and currently inaccessible) in the Main, Art and Music libraries.

Hours at some of the branch libraries have been extended to provide students with quiet study space during the summer session. If you received a notice of materials being held for you at the Main Library prior to June 13 , those materials are available at the Lichtenberger Engineering Library.

For further updates, visit the UI Libraries flood news blog