A Letter To You From The Head of the Arts Library

Update on UCSD Arts Library Renovation

Dear UCSD Faculty, Students, and Staff:

In July 2008, the UCSD Libraries merged the Art & Architecture Library and the Music, Film, & Video Library administratively into a single Arts Library. The services provided by the UCSD Arts Library continue to evolve and develop in support of a wide array of academic programs. The Arts Library’s physical space, however, has proven to be inadequate to support the changing study, teaching, and research needs of the UCSD community.

As a result of changes in the patterns of use of the library’s collections, services, and spaces, in addition to changes in technology, the UCSD Libraries have, after consultation with the Arts Library Advisory Committee and other faculty, committed the resources necessary to undertake a renovation of the former Art & Architecture Library area in order to build a unified and flexible Arts Library. This renovation, once completed, will result in greatly enhanced services for faculty and students by providing a single, highly visible service desk for all service and information needs and an improved infrastructure for the delivery of media to users. It will also result in more efficient space for library staff.

The first phase of the renovation of the space (located on the lower level in the west wing of the Geisel Library building) will take place during the 2008-9 academic year. Some collections and services have been relocated in preparation for the construction, but most have been kept onsite. Directional and informational signage has been put in place in adjoining areas to help library users navigate the construction area.

Until the new space and service desk are completed in mid-2009, all Arts Library services—including media (audio, film, and image) access and reserves, as well as information and reference assistance for all of the arts (art, architecture, film, and music)—will be offered from the former Music, Film & Video Library desk (also on the lower level in the west wing of the Geisel Library building).

A very positive outcome of the recent administrative consolidation, and one that will continue in the renovated space, is the expansion of Arts Library service hours. The Arts Library desk, including access to arts reserves and media collections, will be open 97 hours per week, including until midnight Sunday through Thursday, during the academic quarter.

We are very excited about the changes that will come with this renovation and are confident that the UCSD community will be too. We realize that, in the short term, this renovation will at times be noisy and disruptive, especially during demolition activities. We have implemented measures to help mitigate noise and dust during these times, and will also have ear plugs available for patrons. The UCSD Libraries very much appreciate your patience and understanding during the renovation period.

For more information and updates about the renovation, please visit the Arts Library blog at http://blog.ucsd.edu/artslib/category/arts-libraries-construction-updates/ and read the Q&A which should answer many of your questions. Also, please feel free to contact me at labrams@ucsd.edu with any additional questions you might have about the Arts Library renovation project.


Leslie Abrams, Head

UCSD Arts Library

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