Plans are under way to replace the roof of the Briscoe Library, a project that will begin in early March and last about 3 months. The building is 30 years old and sports its original roof, which would never stand up to today’s building codes. Over the years, the roof has been patched numerous times, usually after a heavy downpour causes staff to run for buckets and tarps to protect the rare books and archives stored on the 5th floor. There is never a good time to do library repairs. The new roof is desperately needed and this seemed to be the optimal time for UT Health Science Center Facilities Management to schedule the project. The work will only be done on weekdays, beginning before 7 am and stopping by mid-afternoon. We are cognizant of the fact that this project will affect students studying for module tests, finals and USMLE Step 1 exams; researchers looking for a place to write or contemplate; and users of the Howe Conference Room and Special Collections Reading Room. There will be some drilling, thumping and stomping. At times it will sound like reindeer have landed on the roof! Those who have trouble studying through the noise can ask for earplugs at the Circulation Desk. You may find the 3rd and 4th floors of the library to be more quiet. The 2nd floor library classrooms are available to HSC ID holders for 24/7 study when not in use for classes or meetings. Facilities Management will do their best to mitigate the noise, work with library staff to communicate about particularly loud phases, and provide progress reports. Watch for updates and photos on the Briscoe Library Renovations blog http://renovate-briscoe.tumblr.com/. For more information or to communicate your concerns, contact Elyse Druck, Construction Project Manager, or Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services.
Tags: March 2014