Since March of this year, only one of the two elevators that provides access to the library has been available due to upgrading. Both elevators are now fully operational!
Now, in preparation for the laying of new carpet in the library’s entryway on the 6th floor, the wood floors are being torn up. The Linder Library Lounge and 6th floor women’s restroom will be unavailable during this time. Restrooms are available on the 7th and 8th floors. When the carpet is laid, these areas may also be inaccessible for a brief period. We apologize for this inconvenience and for any noise produced during this process.
Due to elevator repairs in Wittson Hall, the library will be open, but closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday March 18 and Friday 19.
To reach the library on March 18 and 19, visitors must walk up the public staircase from the Wittson Hall lobby on Level 3 to the library entrance on Level 6.
Visitors who cannot use the stairs should call the following numbers for assistance from library staff:
Circulation department: 9-4006
Reference department: 9-6221
Normal library hours will resume on Saturday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
The elevator that runs between the 6th and 8th floors of the library has been fully upgraded and is now operational. With that work complete, attention turns to upgrading the elevators that provide access to the library (6th floor), as well as floors 2-5. For the next several months, only one of these elevators will be functional at a time. During peak times, there may be a wait for an elevator. We apologize for any inconvenience.
On Monday, December 21st, the north passenger elevator no. 22 (serving Wittson Hall levels 2 through 6) will be shut down for not more than three (3) days. Elevator no. 22 will be shut down to allow the steel erection subcontactor to install a “catwalk” access platform near the top of the elevator hoistway necessary for routine elevator equipment maintenance. There will be some welding and cutting associated with this work and UNMC’s Hot Work policies/procedures will be enforced. During this time, the contractor and/or UNMC Security will be performing a “fire watch” of the construction site and surrounding areas. Any occupants of Wittson Hall that observe or smell smoke and/or fire should immediately call UNMC Security Dispatch at 559-5555.
Starting December 7, the interior elevator that runs between the 6th and 8th floors of the library will be out of order for 8 to 10 weeks. Early in the mornings, there will be some loud noise.
If you are not able to climb the stairs, please visit the Circulation Desk and a staff member will take you up to the floor you need on the Service elevator. We apologize for this inconvenience and please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance.
With print journal subscriptions being replaced by online subscriptions, the current journal shelving has become increasingly sparse. To address these changes, the library first moved the leisure reading area to this shelving. With still many empty shelves, a new home was sought and at long last finally found for the shelving units. This area, located by the photocopy room on the 6th floor, has now become an expanded seating area to be enjoyed by even more readers and relaxers. Enjoy!
Additionally, new counters and sinks, with hands-free faucets, have been installed in all of the library’s restrooms. Thank you again for your patience during our plumbing problems and upgrade period.
Computers located at the 6th floor Reference area and 8th floor Wilson Library Training Room are now sporting antimicrobial keyboards and mice. Antimicrobial silver ions are embedded in the plastic, which is also dishwasher safe! We don’t plan on testing that manufacturer’s assertion, but the keyboards and mice will be easier to clean. Additionally, wall-mounted handsanitizer dispensers have been strategically placed near computer areas.
Please note that these keyboards and mice are not available on the ITS computers located on the 6th floor (northwest side) and 8th floor ITS training room and Sievers cluster.
While on the topic, sinks for the restrooms should arrive within the next few weeks. Handsanitizer is available, along with the sink in the 6th floor Linder Lounge. Many apologies for this inconvenience.