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Music Library Closing Summer 2011 for Renovations

Library materials will remain available by request, staff to relocate temporarily to Lilly Library
Duke University’s Music Library and Media Center, located in the Biddle Music Building on East Campus, will temporarily close this summer for renovations. The library will shut its doors on May 9, the day after final exams conclude, and reopen in mid-August in time for the start of the fall semester.

Throughout the renovation period, all library materials and recordings will remain available by request. Users may request items through the library catalog or email requests to music-requests@duke.edu and be notified when they are available for pickup. Music Library staff will also be housed temporarily in Lilly Library and available to assist users throughout the summer.

The planned renovations will dramatically improve the look and feel of the Music Library, as well as the accessibility of library materials. Currently, the library’s collection of print materials is divided from its collection of recordings, with separate entrances on two floors and separate service points for each. After the renovation, an interior staircase will link the two levels, giving the library a single entrance and exit, with a single service point for checking out materials and reference help.

Recordings and A/V equipment in the library’s Media Center, currently housed downstairs, will be relocated upstairs, while many print materials will be moved downstairs into compact shelving. This will allow more of the library’s collections to be housed on-site. (Currently, a significant portion of music materials must be housed off-site at the Library Service Center due to space constraints and are only available by request.) That means more music at users’ fingertips, without having to wait.

Upstairs, much of the current shelving will be removed, opening up space for quiet study and increasing the amount of natural light throughout the library. New seating and tables will also be installed. Finally, the renovation will add a seminar room for the library, which will double as a quiet study space.

The Duke University Libraries are committed to minimizing the disruption in services while these much-needed improvements are being made. Users with questions are encouraged to contact music librarian Laura Williams at laura.williams@duke.edu or 919-660-5952.
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Posted 25 April 2011

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