The St. Mark’s Library closed on May 18 and we’ve been packing and making plans ever since! We’ll be starting our move into the brand spanking new Christoph Keller, Jr. Library during the second week of June. It’s been a long, long haul, and we are thrilled to be packed up and ready to scoot across the Close into our new digs.
Not everyone who follows the library blog can pop over and peek in the windows, so for those of you who haven’t seen our progress in a while, we wanted to post a few shots of the construction as it nears completion. Over the summer, much of the collection that’s been in library storage will move back to the Close. This process will last through the summer and perhaps into the fall—we expect to welcome patrons in the new Keller Library starting in August.
How will the new library be arranged? You’ll enter on the Close side of the Chelsea Enclave building (the Chelsea Enclave was built on the site of Sherrill Hall, the mid-20th century gray building on Ninth Avenue). In these photos, you’ll see the beautiful light in what will be our reference and current periodicals areas and reading room on the ground level, and downstairs Dr. Moore (in the Vanna White role) shows you the compact shelving being constructed in the stacks. The Technical Services area and the Library Director’s office will be on the ground floor on the 20th Street side, and on the 21st Street side of the building, we’ll have two group study rooms, a lounge area and lockers for commuter students.
Watch this blog for more information about when we’ll open to patrons – we plan to offer tours to small groups as soon as we can, so that you can get acquainted with our new space and find out where your favorite collections will live. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our collections and our patrons to this marvelous new Keller Library space!