Highly Paged Books Being Moved to Library North Basement and Other North Floors

2015 Book Stack MovesThe Pollak Library has listened to and is responding to faculty and student concerns about the inability to browse book stacks on the earthquake-damaged floors in Library South. These interim steps allow us to make books available for browsing again prior to the building being renovated.


The old Titan Computer Lab, PLN-30, has been emptied, and bookshelves have been installed.  More than 60,000 books have already been moved.  History books were moved first, and then literature books. These are the books that are paged the most. The D – DS call number books are now available for browsing.

We update our online catalog weekly as to the new location of our books.

This is a 4-part move:

  • First, we are currently moving books from PLS into PLN-30.
  • Second, we will swap journals on the second floor of PLN for books in PLS.
  • Third, we will swap government documents on the third floor of PLN for the books in PLS.
  • Fourth, we will swap journals in the compact stacks in the basement with the books in PLS.
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New stacks in Library North Basement

In all of these moves, we are putting the more highly paged materials into areas where they can be browsed, and putting the lesser paged materials into the earthquake damaged areas.  Consequently, the paging system will be used in the future for journals and government documents and the approximately 10% of books that will stay in PLS.  Patrons will still be able to use the paging system for books in PLN if they so desire.  We will be moving approximately 1,000,000 items from our collection.

We hope to finish moving the books by the end of the summer.

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