Students expressed frustration and disappointment about the temporary relocation of the John Stewart Memorial Library to Sarah’s Coffeehouse at the beginning of the fall semester.
“It’s small compared to the old library building. Sometimes I just want to browse the library, but these days we must simply pick a specific book and request it online. In addition, students have to wait around a day to get the books they need,” said Yolanda Cabrera ‘13, discussing the recent relocation.
The John Stewart Memorial Library building is currently closed for renovations after careful investigation by college administration revealed the building had suffered serious long-term damage that would require extensive repairs.
Library closed for at least one year
Andrew Frank, the Public Services Librarian, said library staff do not know how long the construction will take, but that the library building will be closed for the remainder of the year. In the meantime, all public access functions of the library have moved to Sarah’s Coffeehouse, downstairs in Lenfest Commons.
With the transition of the library, some students are unaware of how to use the resources available in Sarah’s Coffeehouse. According to library staff, students have several methods available for acquiring books and other research materials.
Students can search for books using the “Online Catalog” just as in previous years. However, they are not able to search the shelves to find the book(s) they need for class. Instead they need to use the “Check Out Books Here!” link on the library webpage to submit a book request.
Once a request is submitted, the library staff will retrieve the book and it will be checked out, waiting for pick-up in the temporary library in Sarah’s Coffeehouse. If a book request is submitted Monday through Thursday, the book will be available the next day. On weekends the wait may be until Monday.
Students can visit Sarah’s Coffeehouse during reference hours Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 9:00pm and on Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. Students are allowed to study during library hours Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 11:00pm, Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm to 11:00pm.
Students like Cabrera now use the Academic Support Center as a quiet place to read and study. It is open until 2:00am.
Frank added that library services now include ebrary, a new e-book collection that provides access to 70,000 academic titles electronically. Students can access ebrary from the library webpage under the link “Find Books.” This allows students to find and read books electronically. The link can also be found under “Database A-Z.” This collection is available 24/7 and allows students to read entire titles on their computer. Users can search for information within a title, they can create an account to save titles they use frequently, and they can also save notes in those titles.
Work-study librarian, Marybeth Lowe ‘15, said that there will always be a librarian present behind the Circulation Desk during operating hours. Students who have any questions concerning technology usage and resources are free to ask any library employee.
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