(Updated) East Asian Library Closed until Aug. 2018: What It Means to You

During winter break 2017 and the 2018 Spring and Summer semesters, January Hall will undergo a whole-building renovation. The East Asian Library will close to the public beginning on Thursday, December 21. The reading room and the stacks will remain closed until the project’s completion in August, 2018.

What this means to you:

  • You will still be able to request books from the East Asian Library, and pick them up at other Danforth Campus libraries of your choice. Please use Classic Catalog to place retrieval requests.
  • If you are faculty or staff, you can also use Classic Catalog to request East Asian Library books to be delivered to your campus mailbox.
  • Latest issues of select Chinese- and Japanese-language journals and newspapers are available in Olin Library Level A. Read more about the location and availability.
  • East Asian Library Special Collections materials will be available by appointment. Please contact Ryuta Komaki.
  • East Asian Library staff will relocate to temporary offices in Olin Library. Their office phone numbers, email addresses, responsibilities, expertise and friendliness will not change.
  • That means you can still contact East Asian Library staff or walk into their Olin offices for questions, requests, research support, instructions, and any other things you would ask for a librarian’s help.
  • You will not be able to study in the reading room from Dec. 21, 2017 to August 2018.
  • The group study room inside East Asian Library will also be unavailable.
  • The Olin Library Transformation will be complete in Spring 2018, though, so you have new study spaces available nearby. Whispers Cafe will be back, too.
  • You will not be able to use the East Asian Library to pick up books requested from University Libraries or through MOBIUS.
  • Professors’ offices inside East Asian Library will also temporarily move. Check with the professors or department in case they forget to send you a “just moved” card.
  • You will not be able to browse the stacks, or use staircases inside the stacks for workout. The latter is not recommended anyway.
  • But when the library reopens in August, 2018, you will be able to ride the elevator right onto the reading room floor.
  • The library’s circulation area will also get a facelift.
  • And the whole building will have an improved HVAC system, so you will be able to spend more hours reading and studying in the library.

Please check back this blog and the East Asian Library website for updates. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the East Asian Library or Ryuta Komaki, Japanese/Korean Studies Librarian. (Ryuta will also provide reference and other library services for Chinese studies until Chinese Studies Librarian position is filled).

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