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Summer Improvements: Major Collections Shift in University Library

This summer Northwestern Libraries are shifting the physical locations for two sets of stack collections: the Herskovits Library of African Studies and the Asian Studies holdings.

Even if you don’t use Africana or Asian Studies materials, this shifting may affect where you find items you regularly use.

Multiple towers and floors of University Library will be affected. The locations of reading rooms and public study areas are not changing.  

Why are we moving these collections? Currently the materials in the Herskovits Library are scattered throughout the library system; this consolidation will improve ease of access. Our Asian Studies collection is among the most rapidly growing in our system and is now far too large for its current space in the lower level of the University Library.

Beginning immediately (late May 2016) through mid-August, materials will be moving in the collection locations listed below. Please remember: During this time, all items are available on demand via NUsearch. Librarians can page and deliver materials to you or, if you prefer, help you locate them in the stacks.

The Humanities

  • Disruptions in 5 South, 4 East and 3 South
  • New Location: 4 East, 3 South and Oak Grove Library Center

Herskovits Library of African Studies

  • Disruptions in 5 East, 5 South and basement locations
  • New location: 5 East, 5 South and Oak Grove Library Center

Asian Studies

  • Disruptions in 5 South and basement locations
  • New Location: 5 South

The locations noted above will undergo some disruption as materials are moved in and out. (Ear plugs will be available at the Circulation Desk.) In addition to intermittent activity in these spaces, you may see some empty shelves, but please be assured that this is only temporary as one set of materials moves out and another moves in. Some of the materials leaving these spaces will move to our Oak Grove Library Center; those items can usually be delivered within 1 business day to University Library.

As we continue this important work, please do not hesitate to contact us with your comments and concerns at .