Some books moved out of Falk Library as Scaife construction nears

More than 90,000 volumes of bound journals and print books have been moved out of the Falk Library of the Health Sciences, in preparation for the Scaife Hall West Wing construction project, which will begin in earnest this fall.

Professional library movers were at Falk early in May to pack, relocate and unpack the books at the University’s Thomas Boulevard storage facility. The materials are still accessible to library users via an HSLS Document Delivery Request.

The first-floor study and technology areas, which will be impacted by the construction of the new History of Medicine area, will be relocated to the space created when the empty book shelves are disassembled.

The Current Collection, a companion to HSLS’s extensive e-book collection, will remain in Falk Library as well as the small Leisure Reading Collection and the Rare and Special Collections.

Highlights of the new library space, when completed, include updated and expanded learning and study spaces, integrated technology areas, new furniture and carpeting, new restrooms and a new entrance on Lothrop Street.

The Health Science Library System will continue to have classes and other programming during construction. Find the list here. The plan is to maintain regular hours throughout all phases of the project. If at any time construction demands modified hours, patrons will be informed via digital displays, the HSLS website and social media.

Many of the group study rooms will continue to be available during Phase I of the construction project this summer. When Phase II being this fall, the group study rooms will be unavailable.

There will be some noise as the construction moves through different phases. For those times, designated quiet study areas may change. In addition, complementary ear plugs are available at the main and technology help desks. The majority of the work on the History of Medicine room is scheduled to be completed between midnight and 6 a.m.

For more information about the Falk Library construction project including updates, frequently asked questions, and other information, visit the HSLS Construction web page.