Clemons Library is closing this summer for an HVAC upgrade. The good news is that the Clemons collection will remain available while the work is going on. DVDs will stay in the building, available via Virgo request; the books will move to Alderman, out of the public’s view but also available by request. The Robertson Media Center will move service to Scholar’s Lab on the 4th floor of Alderman, and Clemons Reserves will move to Brown Science and Engineering Library—Fine Arts video reserves will move to the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.
However, when Clemons reopens its doors in August 2018, the 1st floor will remain closed for the installation of high density shelving in preparation for 2019 when it will be Clemons’ turn to take in a large part of Alderman’s collection during the library’s renovation.
Adding the new shelves that run on tracks to pack as many books as possible into limited space means there will be less study space for students; but the makeover also means there will be sprinklers for fire suppression, remodeled restrooms, and a raised floor, allowing the Library to add more electrical outlets near the tables. Most important, the Alderman books will stay on the central Grounds—close to staff, faculty, and students.
Fortunately, the Library can help users cope with the inconvenience. A virtual browsing enhancement in Virgo is giving library users a more complete browsing experience than was possible in the past. Users today can look up a title in Virgo, click a virtual shelf-browse icon, and see all books in that call number range, not in one library but many—Alderman, Clemons, Fine Arts, Special Collections, and the Ivy Stacks remote shelving and retrieval unit, as well as electronic books.
Likewise, finding a convenient place to study is not the challenge it used to be. The Library has created an interactive map that lets you Explore Study Spaces at UVA. Survey images of the locations, click an image to get a description and find out when it’s available, grab your computer and go.
There’s no doubt that the work on Clemons’ 1st floor poses challenges for both staff and library users. Please communicate your ideas, thoughts, and concerns to a Library subject liaison, or Ask a Librarian and let the Library know how it can help you.