Colorado State University will open Morgan Library tomorrow morning and keep it open through the weekend in preparation for the start of classes on Monday, university officials announced today.
"We’re very excited about being able to open our doors and serve faculty, staff and students," said Camila Alire, dean of the Colorado State Libraries. "It’s hard to imagine all the work that’s gone into preparing the library in such a short amount of time.
"The opening of the library marks an important milestone in our ongoing recovery efforts and has more than symbolic meaning to the campus community," Alire said. "Hundreds of people have dedicated themselves to the goal of making the impact of the flood as minimal as possible. While things will not be back to normal as we start the semester, we’ve accomplished a great deal in a short time. I’m proud of the efforts we as a community have undertaken to minimize the impacts of the flood."
Library officials also announced a series of measures designed to provide the necessary materials to library users in light of the July 28 flood which damaged nearly 500,000 books, periodicals, journals and other materials. Beginning Monday
The library opening–coupled with the opening of the Lory Student Center Monday morning–marks a turning point in the recovery process as all buildings on campus will be at least partially open when classes begin Monday morning.
The library is scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m. and will stay open until 6 p.m. on Friday. The library will also be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Beginning Monday, the library will resume normal operational hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to midnight.
For recorded information about library services and locations, call (970) 491-6190. A listing of the many additional measure put in place to help provide library services while the damaged materials are being cleaned and repaired follows:
- The university will offer bus transportation to students and faculty from Colorado State to other major libraries in the region. Buses will leave from the Transfort Transit Center on University Avenue, south of the Lory Student Center. The bus service is free, but students, faculty and staff will have to make reservations by calling 491-0016. Getting on the buses and checking out books at other universities’ libraries will require a Colorado State University identification card. Buses will go to the following universities, beginning Monday: University of Colorado-Boulder: Four trips daily Sunday-Thursday, and two on Friday, University of Denver and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver: Three trips daily on Tuesday and Wednesday, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley: Four trips on Thursday and two on Friday, University of Wyoming, Laramie: Three trips on Monday.
- Library patrons are advised to talk to Morgan Library reference staff in Room 227 Weber Building, 491-1841, about which library would be best to find specific materials.
- The Morgan Library has obtained priority status on the interlibrary loan program established with university libraries throughout Colorado and southern Wyoming. That means requests for book titles lost in the flood will have first priority at other participating libraries. Books, journals or other materials requested through the interlibrary loan program will be sent or delivered to any campus address. Those who use the ILL are asked not to return materials until the Morgan Library reopens. For information or help with interlibrary loans, call (970) 491-1866.
- To check availability of books at other libraries statewide or request a library book through the interlibrary loan program, students, faculty and staff may also access the library’s own online catalog and networked databases, known as SAGE. Because SAGE is linked to other academic and public libraries statewide, users can search the database to identify which libraries have specific book titles on the shelves. Then, they can either take a shuttle bus to the appropriate location or request that books or documents be delivered to a campus address. Users may access the Web version of SAGE by selecting "Libraries" on the University Home Page at http://www.colostate.edu. Telnet access to SAGE at sage.colostate.edu also is available.
- Students, faculty and staff should also be aware they are able to check out materials at all academic and most public libraries in Colorado and the University of Wyoming with a Colorado State identification card. Library staff recommend that users first contact their library of choice for hours of operation and any other instructions.
- Reference assistance, including help with searching SAGE and other online databases is available on campus at the Mac Lab, Room 227 Weber Building. The temporary reference desk is staffed 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (970) 491-1841.
- Reserve materials for fall semester classes are being accepted from professors and processed at Room 207 Weber Building on campus. Library staff also will take requests for library materials that can be processed once the Morgan Library is open. Recorded information on the status of reserve material processing is available at (970) 491-1831 and the hotline is updated when appropriate.
- All books that were overdue at the time of the flood are being renewed automatically. Patrons with books are asked to wait to return them until the library reopens. However, those who wish to return books may do so at the front entrance of the Morgan Library 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fort Collins Public Library also has offered to accept Colorado State library books at any of its branches or bookdrop locations.