Monday, August 26, 2019

Furniture is Moving Back In

Our furniture is moving back into the first-floor space--a sure sign that the project nearing completion!

We're getting ready to welcome students back to campus. We can't wait to introduce them to this new space. The first floor will be open on August 28 just in time for the fall semester!

Join us in celebrating the completion of this project and learn more about the Libraries at the Waldo Library Open House on September 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

On Schedule for Fall Semester

Our project is on schedule! We anticipate re-opening the first floor just in time for the start of the fall semester on August 28. Construction crews are wrapping up their work on the 65,000 square foot project. The project was planned in stages that allowed teams to work in many areas and complete this project in under 4 months.

We plan to start moving furniture back in this week. This move includes all computers and furniture from our public areas as well as office furniture for librarians and staff displaced during the project.

We are excited to open this space to students and library users this fall. We will celebrate the project's completion at the Waldo Library Open House on September 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!

Carpet on the south side of the building

The first floor's main hallway

Carpet near the Bookmark Cafe

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Entrance Getting a Make Over

Waldo Library's entrance is also getting some TLC this summer.

We have a new design for the vestibule (the space between the doors) to better handle the rain and snow that is tracked in by the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the library each year. The special 'walk-off' carpet will better handle the moisture that builds up in this area. With this new design, we will be better prepared for the highs and lows of Michigan weather!

The new design will be installed this week. Library users can still enter the library through this main entrance.

The vestibule entrance has been prepared for the walk-off carpet installation.

Workers installing the carpet in the lobby
Check out the new walk-off carpet inside Waldo Library's lobby.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Service Desk Operations Return to First Floor

Waldo Library's service desk is back in action! Our User Services staff are wrapping up their move this week, but all services are now available at the service desk on the first floor.

When you stop by for help from our friendly staff, check out the lighting, ceiling tiles, and carpet at the services desk too!

We're glad to have our services return to the first floor so they are easy for you to find and use. Thanks for your patience while we refresh our spaces!

Staff moved back into the first-floor service desk after two weeks of working in temporary spaces on the second and third floors.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sneak Peek of Our New Carpet!

Sometimes pictures say a thousand words. Check out our new carpet on the first floor! We can't wait to welcome our users back into the first floor this fall.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Library Staff Help in First Floor Construction Project

With the entire first floor under construction, it has been a challenge to find space to store all the books displaced by the project. We had to remove some books from the stacks and box them temporarily to make room for the construction project.

To keep the first-floor project moving, we had to move thousands of books that had been boxed up and stored. We needed to meet a tight deadline, so we put out a call for volunteers to help. Employees from all over the library pitched in to help move heavy boxes of books.

About 25 to 30 librarians, staff, and student employees (equipped with safety hats and visibility vests) entered the construction zone to move the boxes. With their tremendous help, the work was completed in less than 2 days!

A big thank you goes out to all who pushed, lifted, sweated and strained to get the job done. Great job!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Service Desk temporarily relocating during construction

The service desk in Waldo Library will be relocated due to construction from the First Floor Project. All services will continue to be available from temporary spaces in Waldo Library.

Library service staff will be available at an information desk near the entrance on the first floor to provide directions, answer questions, and check out materials. Additional staff will be available on the second floor to help patrons with their library needs. The second-floor bridge to Computing Services Lab will also be available for entry and assistance Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm.
The temporary relocation is expected to last up to three weeks. The target schedule is to re-open the service desk on the first floor early August. 

We look forward to re-opening our service desk very soon. Thank you for your patience while we refresh Waldo Library.

Services Desk services have moved for construction for most of July.

User Services staff will be in Waldo Lobby to help get you to the
services you need.