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K-State Today

May 14, 2013



Renovations to Cardwell prompt branch library summer closure

By Donna Ekart

The departments of physics and math are collaborating, along with the College of Arts and Sciences and K-State Libraries, to renovate the Math/Physics Library in Cardwell 104 and 105 to provide a more up-to-date facility for students and faculty. The renovation process requires asbestos abatement procedures, which necessitate the closure of the space and temporary relocation of library materials and staff for the summer.

Closure and materials transfer will begin May 20 with asbestos abatement to follow. While renovations proceed, current periodicals from Cardwell will be housed as a discrete collection shelved near other current periodicals on Hale Library’s first floor. Many of these periodicals are also available via the Libraries’ online collections. Other print materials will be held in off-site storage and will be made available upon request. Hale Library staff will be available to help locate or request retrieval of any items temporarily rehoused.

The newly renovated space in Cardwell will include technology-enabled faculty conference space for collaboration between institutions and departments, student study space, and new shelving for print materials. The renovations will provide a more flexible, modern space for faculty, students and collections.

"We are excited to collaborate to bring the Cardwell space into a new era," said Lori A. Goetsch, dean of libraries. "We believe this project will be of great benefit not only to the faculty in math and physics departments, but also to the thousands of K-State students who attend classes daily in the large Cardwell classrooms.”

Questions about the renovation project, timetable or goals may be addressed to Roberta Johnson, director for administrative and IT services, K-State Libraries.