McGoogan News

Update on library elevators

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.

Wittson Hall elevator down starting Dec 21

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 Dec 7, elevator down for maintenance

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.

Expanded reading area and restroom upgrade

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.

McGoogan goes antimicrobial

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.