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Books on the Move: A Message from the Dean of Libraries

As we accommodate our growing collections and prepare over the next two years for the anticipated restoration of Deering Library, we continue to shift books from University (Main) Library to the Oak Grove Library Center, our off-campus high-density-shelving facility with state-of-the-art climate and temperature controls.

As materials are transferred to Oak Grove, some of the collections in University Library will be shifted and consolidated. Some areas will appear unaffected while others, such as the third-floor towers, will appear nearly empty for a time. Rest assured that we are not losing materials and that the collections you need will always be available to you.

• We are still finalizing details about the relocation of certain call numbers. Library staff are working hard to orchestrate this multifaceted project, and we will share details with you during the coming months. We will communicate this information via e-mail and will post it at

• If you are concerned about finding the resources you need, please remember that we will deliver library materials to your office. Our staff will always know where to find items during this transition. You can learn more about book delivery at

We know this transition may be an inconvenience for you, and our staff is ready to help you navigate these changes. These relocations make the best use of our campus footprint. Library reconfigurations, and the book moves that precede them, are a necessary part of our mission to connect you with scholarly resources.


Sarah M. Pritchard
Dean of Libraries
Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian