As you may have seen from Andrew’s pics over the last several months, work on our Reading Room has been coming along apace. We are in the home stretch now as the new reference desk and other furniture are being installed. However, before we can transfer operations back to the renovated space on the second floor of the Madison building, we have to move the 35,000 volumes that comprise our Reading Room collection. Moving these volumes will begin sometime in August and take about ten days. Once a book has been moved, it will not be available until the renovated Reading Room opens. Patrons will continue to be able to visit our temporary Reading Room in LMG15 while the books are being moved.
Although the books are being moved, the Law Library has second copies of many of the titles in its collections. Patrons can locate these books and request them from the Law Library’s closed stacks using the Automated Call Slip system (ACS). A previous blog post, “Accessing Reading Room Materials During Our Move,” by our former colleague Anne Guha, provides more detailed information on this process. The post also provides information about other local law libraries that may be able to help you with your research needs during our transition.
We will update you with information about the opening date of the renovated Reading Room in future posts. As always, feel free to visit us in person, contact us by phone at 202-707-5080, or submit an inquiry through the Ask A Librarian system.
This post has been updated to reflect a change in the schedule for moving the books. This move will not begin on July 28th but will begin sometime in August.