Main Reference Collection Relocated: Impacts on Art Collection

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You may have noticed that the former Reference department space is looking bare. As part of the renovation of the first floor, South tower, the Library has relocated a collection of core reference books to the Periodicals and Newspaper Reading Room (first floor, East tower). Many of these reference materials located in Periodicals now circulate and are listed in NUcat, the Library's online catalogue, with the location designation "Mudd Library Annex 3." Patrons can access these items by visiting the Mudd Library’s first floor or by requesting them through NUcat for pick up at another library’s circulation desk. Evanston-based faculty may also request office delivery.

Directly affecting the Art Collection, a core selection of art-related resources from the former Main Reference collection will be moved to the Martin reading room. Titles to be transferred include the printed Metropolitan Museum Library Catalog, the Annuario Bibliografico di Storia dell’Arte, and the Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, as well as a number covering Chicago landmarks. To prepare for this addition, Art Collection staff have moved the existing Art Reference collection to the north (right) side of the Art Desk; student hold shelves have been moved to the opposite (south/left) side. The additional space this move provides on the southern perimeter of the Martin Reading Room has allowed us to begin shifting books in the upper call number ranges, giving them some breathing room.

Further shelving space for reference materials, as well as for new acquisitions, has been opened up this summer by transferring art books that have a duplicate holding elsewhere in the Library’s collections to the Oak Grove Library Center storage facility. All items that are transferred to Oak Grove can be requested and made available for use within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Since most of the duplicate copies are either in Special Collections or the Core Library, most of those titles may still be consulted that same day.