Library scrambles to serve students before closing

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    By P. KELLY SMITH

    Maintenance and remodeling upgrades will close the Harold B. Lee Library from Dec. 20 to Jan. 4, 1998.

    Remote access to computer services will not be guaranteed during this time, but the library will try to keep the computers accessible between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    All power will be shut down in the building, with only faculty and security guards allowed access.

    The Circulation Department will extend the book due dates to Jan 5. for all students.

    Students interested in placing items on reserve for Winter Semester should submit their request before Dec. 12. Items received after this date will not be considered for the first day of winter classes.

    Many employees of the library are having to work at a fast pace to accommodate students needs before the 16-day closure.

    Diane Parkinson, director of the Family History Center, said this is one of the busiest times for her department.

    “We do a floor check every three to four hours and at any given time, we have at least 52 people using our resources,” Parkinson said. “We have at least 100,000 people in here a year.”

    Parkinson said with final exams next week, many students are coming in to finish final projects.

    “We have many students coming in for religion classes to work on their genealogy and census assignments,” she said. “They keep us hustling.”

    Parkinson has 220 employees working with the Family History Center, with students working in the microfilm department and LDS Church service missionaries working behind the desk as volunteers.

    With over 550,000 documents of microfilm, new computers and equipment, Parkinson is looking forward to the new addition to the library.

    “We will have a 15,000 square foot space in the new addition, (to the HBLL)” she said.

    Students looking for more information on the library closing can call 378-9234 or visit the website at www.lib.byu.edu.

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