Recently, you may have seen movers, books on carts, and emptying shelves. The movers have removed almost all of the library’s books, with a few exceptions, to nearby off-site locations leaving us with a library with wide open spaces. And, for now, we have a small respite from the noise and busyness.
Keep in mind that all library resources and print and electronic collections are still available to you. If you have attempted to find or check out a book, the process has changed. A retrieval process is being set up for your convenience. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we work out the kinks.
More books are electronic, but many are print. The Library has acquired more and more electronic books (e-books) and textbooks each year. There are over 1000 electronic texts in most clinical and health sciences topics. But print texts are still wanted and popular as well. Over 6,000 books were checked out from Dana in 2016. You can find e-books and all print books through the Library’s discovery tools: CATQuest, Classic Catalog and the Dana Website. The e-books are available anytime 24/7. To get a print book, you need to ask for a delivery using CATQuest, Classic Catalog or Dana’s Website. Contact the Main Desk at 656-2200 for assistance with navigating library services.
Have no fear! The books will return (eventually). Our most current book collection is expected to return within 4 to 8 months. In the meantime, we encourage you to request the books that you need and we will do everything in our power to get it for you.
So why is this happening? The library is being renovated to develop a Learning Commons in collaboration with the College of Medicine. Former collection space will be freed up for new educational technology and faculty development uses. Student study space will also be enhanced to provide more space for quiet individual study.
For questions or concerns, contact Marianne Burke, Director, at 656-3483.