Did you miss me? I wasn’t really gone, just crazy busy with the BIG MOVE here at the library. As some of you on Avila’s campus may have noticed, the library is no longer in its usual home. We’ve moved in order for our typical building to be renovated. As of this moment I’m chilling in my “lovely” shared office space in the Resident Life office on the first floor of Avila Hall. That’s right! The library has moved a large portion of it’s bulk down to the lobby area on the first floor of Avila Hall. Looking for computers? We’ve got ‘em. Printing? That too. Circulating books? Well…we may have boxed about 85% of the books that were housed in the library and locked them up for the summer. But, don’t despair! We’ve still got the books your professors placed on reserve, the St. Paul’s collection, a hefty supply of reference books, and easy access to Mobius (so we can, you know, get all the books). Basically, the entire library (minus the books and much of the furniture…) has moved via dolly or gator pulled trailer into a variety of spaces on Avila Hall’s first floor. We even have the Archives over here!
If you find yourself lost and alone when trying to locate us, just pop on to the library’s website. We have provided you with a map, complete with “yellow brick road” to follow from the old building to the temporary digs. I will ask, however, that you respect the policies of Avila Hall and enter through the first floor doors. I know it’s tempting to be lazy and stand in the vestibule on the third floor and quietly wish for someone to let you in, but please…get a little more fresh air and walk around to the front. Those doors are wide open and require no amount of wishing, crossed fingers, or possible bribery to get in; all you need is a little arm strength. If you’re still having problems finding us, try contacting us through one of our social media outlets…this blog, for example, or perhaps Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We’re all over the internet…just waiting for something interesting to happen. Go ahead, punk, make my day (more interesting).
In less “directional” news, we’ve taken a TON of pictures and even a few videos of the move and events tied to it. I’m working on sorting through everything to bring you the least boring of the bunch. At this point we’ve got three albums up on Facebook. The first is a variety of pics taken prior to the “BIG MOVE”, “BIG MOVE day 1”, and the third is “BIG MOVE days 2 & 3”. I’ll be posting a new set of photos each day, probably in progressively smaller batches and perhaps adding more to the albums as other library staff sends me what they’ve taken. It has been really interesting seeing all the bits and pieces slowly disappear. Today, when I walked in, it was almost unrecognizable. The floor is torn up and the ceiling is completely gone in sections. All you can see are the exposed beams, some leftover duct work, and a lot of concrete and dust. I’ll be up at the library at least once a day to take new photos until they wont let me in (and then I may slip in anyway…). It is incredibly interesting to see how quickly a space can transition.
Finally, I will leave you with some parting thoughts…until tomorrow. While the move may be over, we still aren’t finished with this craziness yet. The dust wont settle in the library building until mid August! We’ve been working out of our new digs for about a week now, and are trying our best to work out the many kinks we’ve discovered come with our shared and smaller spaces. The library staff begs you to be and thanks you for being patient with us as we continue trying to make this space work well for you, our patrons, as well as ourselves. If nothing else, stop by and see what we’ve done with the space. 🙂