Service goes on despite the problems
The customary quiet of a library is compromised a bit by the rumble of heavy equipment directly overhead, compressing the earth above Buena Vista University's Information and Technology Center in the underground Forum. But the library remains doggedly open to patrons throughout.
As a portion of the roof was removed for replacement, a membrane layer was laid down to help protect against leaks.
However a major shower early in the process caught the project unaware June 16, soaking through ceiling tiles, drenching carpet - and, it has been found, causing mold growth on some of the books.
Only about half a dozen books could not be saved, BVU reference librarian Jodie Morin said. "They were already outdated so we didn't lose too much."
The library responded quickly and cleaned up most of the damage to open back up for people to use.
"We relocated a couple computers forward so that we would have them for easier access for people to use," Morin said.
With the dry conditions, rain hasn't been able to cause the library any further harm to books or any other equipment.
"Most of the damage left is cosmetic," Morin added. "We have a light that is still being replaced and tiles are going back in and we will be ready for the students."
The roof project above the forum is also finishing up as summer moves on.
"The grass and the sidewalks are done and so the membrane is in place," Morin said, anticipating finishing up the projects near the beginning of the school year. "I've been on vacation but when I've gotten back it has looked loads better."
The library is running as usual for the summer months, open for visitors and the public to use the computers or purchase a membership to the library to check out different materials.
Besides having non-fiction and academic books, the library offers a selection of videos and is building a collection of DVDs of both educational and entertainment movies available.
For people looking to do some research in the library, new journals are being offered electronically. The new electronic journals will allow searching of academic and scholarly journals to be faster.
"Everything that we have is up to date but we will be updating our catalog probably next summer when the new software becomes available," Morin said.
The library will be on limited summer hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and then will resume longer hours when the university is in session.