Cleaning and repair work in the stacks is progressing. The dehumidification process mentioned in an earlier blog post has finished. Unfortunately, all subsequent cleaning and repair work was delayed by a necessary asbestos abatement process, but is now again in progress. Once all cleaning and repair is done the books that had to be shipped out for drying and cleaning will gradually be returned and reshelved. We are working to complete all of these tasks as quickly as possible so the stacks and study spaces can be reopened. We will continue to communicate with you as timelines become clearer.
In the meantime all stacks will remain closed until further notice. The main reading room in Starr remains open, as do all reference, consultation, and Interlibrary loan services. Please check our library blog (https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/starr/) regularly, where we will post updates on progress, specific timelines as they become better known, and any other information affecting the use of library spaces and collections.
We would like to remind you that we have implemented paging services that will allow users to request items currently in the stacks, even as cleaning, and space repair are being conducted. These services will remain in effect until the stacks can be reopened to Library users. Paging will be performed according to the following regular schedule:
Requests received by 11am (Monday-Friday) will be available at the circulation desk by 1pm
Requests received by 6pm (Sunday-Thursday) will be available at the circulation desk by 8pm
Requests received by 10pm (Monday-Thursday) will be available at the circulation desk the next day at 10am
Requests received by 2pm (Saturday and Sunday) will be available at the circulation desk by 4pm
For items that remain in the stacks: records are marked in CLIO with the alert “Please contact Starr East Asian Library staff for assistance in paging this item.” Requests to have these items paged from the stacks can be submitted as follows: in the CLIO record for the item, go to the „Requests‟ tab above the CLIO record, and select “Item not on shelf?” (see image below):
For items that were removed from Starr for treatment: records are marked in CLIO with the alert “Temporarily unavailable. Try ILL.” These items may still be available through our BorrowDirect and Interlibrary Loan partners, and Starr library circulation desk staff will assist faculty and students in locating and requesting such items.
For access to the rare books, archives, and special collections material, please report to the front desk during rare book room hours, and a librarian will accompany you to that room.
Thank you for your understanding and continued patience and cooperation as we work with University Facilities to ensure that the affected spaces are clean and safe for faculty and students to once again access and use.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will respond as soon as possible.