The GW Libraries are saddened by the passing of Dr. Samuel Halperin, a longtime member of the GW Libraries Development Advisory Council and benefactor of our Special Collections,including the Kiev Judaica Collection. Dr. Halperin was a true partner in helping us develop in stature as a university library. He valued education and research resources at every level. His love of learning was apparent in all his professional and volunteer endeavors. He will be sorely missed.
Read more about Dr. Samuel Halperin and his impact on access to public education and national education policy in the Washington Post article celebrating his life.
led George Washington University's Institute for Education Leadership from 1969-81 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=samuel-h...
On May 19, a significant construction work project will start in Fenwick Library, which involves installing a new sprinkler system on each floor in the existing B&C Wings. This new system will be integrated with the new addition and bring the existing Fenwick Library towers into compliance with current building code. The work involves covering book stacks, removing ceiling tiles, installing piping, connecting the sprinklers to fire alarm systems, testing the system, and then replacing the ceiling tiles. The last part of this project is to install a fire suppression system in Special Collections & Archives. The construction company’s goal is to complete this major project by the start of Fall Semester 2014.
What does this mean for you? Public access to book collections and study rooms/spaces on specific floors in Fenwick Library will be disrupted and will not be permitted as the construction crew works through each floor during May, June, July and August. The work starts on Floor 1, Wing C and continues throughout the two wings of the library through August 2014. The company’s sprinkler installation plan does not proceed in sequential order from floor to floor, and, as is the case with any renovation work, it is possible that unforeseen circumstances may cause delays in the work schedule. Users will be notified which floors are closed through notices on library.gmu.edu and by posted alerts in Fenwick.
Library staff will be permitted to access the restricted areas daily to pull books for users. If a user needs a book located in a restricted area, s/he will be instructed to complete an ILLiad document delivery request form. When the request is received, Library staff will pull the book(s), place the book(s) on hold at Fenwick’s main service desk, and send an email informing the user when the item is available. Please note: there will be no access to Special Collections & Archives services or its collections during most of August.
Library staff are striving to minimize the impact on library services at Fenwick. We are very grateful for your understanding and cooperation as we proceed through this important project. Please contact Diane Smith, Associate University Librarian, with questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-3716)